Bulgaria will begin culling some 25,000 quails and destroying quail eggs at an industrial farm near the capital Sofia after a highly contagious strain of bird flu was detected, food safety officials said on Wednesday.
The food safety agency said in a statement that the outbreak was detected after reports of high mortality among birds at a farm in the town of Etropole, some 49.71 miles east of Sofia.
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The risk to humans from the disease is thought to be low, but previous outbreaks among farm birds have resulted in extensive culling programs to prevent the spread.