Croatia banned outdoor poultry on Monday (January 16) after detecting H5N8 strain of bird flu on a farm near the capital Zagreb over the weekend.
Authorities have started culling ducks and hens in the affected farm some 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Zagreb.
“The virus has probably come with migratory birds. We’ve decided to ban outdoor poultry until the moment that we assess the danger is over,” said Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolusic.
The bird flu virus was detected on Saturday (January 14). Poultry will also be culled on around a dozen small farms involved in non-intensive farming in the immediate vicinity.
At the end of last year a similar case struck another farm in northeastern Croatia. The bird flu virus has spread across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to the slaughter of millions of farmed birds and the confinement of flocks indoors.