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Bird flu virus detected in Budapest, SE Hungary

National food safety authority Nebih has confirmed the presence of the H5N1 bird flu virus at an animal shelter in Budapest and at a duck farm in Bekes County, in the south-east, the authority said on its website on Friday.

According to Nebih, the birds in Bekes had not showed any symptoms and the virus was detected through a routine check before culling.

At the Budapest shelter, samples were taken after birds suddenly died at the facility, the authority added.

Restrictions and mandatory examinations are in place in Bacs-Kiskun and Csongrad-Csanad counties, and poultry must be tested before transport nationwide, Nebih noted.

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