Norway, Belgium detect bird flu cases

Experts say the highly contagious form of avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Europe.
Experts say the highly contagious form of avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Europe.

Norway has detected its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu, the country's Food Safety Authority says.

Farm birds in southern Norway must be kept indoors following the discovery of the infection in a wild short-billed goose, the FSA said.

The highly contagious and deadly form of avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert.

Earlier on Friday, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said Belgium had confirmed an outbreak on a poultry farm.

The outbreak in the western town of Menen near the border with France killed 600 birds and led to the destruction of the other 151,000 birds in the flock, the OIE said in a website alert.

Australian Associated Press