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Bird flu is a highly contagious, severely progressing infectious disease of birds. Bird flu is considered a very dangerous animal disease because it causes mass infection and high mortality among birds, and brings about extensive economic damages. All domestic and wild birds are susceptible to bird flu.

Last updated: 05.03.2021 13:18

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Yes.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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The main symptoms of bird flu:

  • the swelling of the comb, wattle and face area;
  • lack of appetite, drowsiness, diarrhoea;
  • the birds are breathing hard, and the comb and the wattle are turning blue;
  • egg production volumes drop radically.

If you notice the symptoms in birds, notify your veterinary. If you find dead waterfowl (geese, swans), a number of dead wild birds, or a carcass of a dead raptor (hawks, eagles), we ask that you notify of this by calling the information line +372 605 4767. You should definitely not gather up and transport the birds anywhere yourself, as you might increase the spread of the disease with that.

Last updated: 07.03.2021 10:12

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Currently, no vaccine against the H5N8 strain of the bird flu is available.

Last updated: 07.03.2021 10:13

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Certain strains (e.g. H5N1) can be dangerous for humans as well. In Estonia, the probability of the bird flu spreading from human to human is very low.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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The officials cannot put their health at risk while collecting birds. The Agricultural and Food Board only collects the dead birds that are on land.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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At first chance. The Agriculture and Food Board is organising the collection and proper destruction of water fowl and birds of prey taht have been found dead. We ask for your understanding and calmness as there might be notifications of several dead birds from the same area and the collection of those is being dealt with.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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If you find dead water fowl (geese, swans), a number of dead wild birds, or a corpse of a dead bird of prey (hawks, eagles), you need to notify of this by calling the information line +372 605 4767.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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You should most certainly not collect the birds and transport them anywhere yourself, as you can increase the spread of the virus this way and carry the infection to domestic birds.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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The migratory birds may carry the bird flu virus. Due to this, the danger that the flu spreads to domestic birds might increase.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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It lasts until the danger of bird flu has passed. The Agriculture and Food Board will notify of the partial or full ending of the restrictions.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:46

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).