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Rare virus detected in dead bird in the animal park Poing

Rare virus detected in dead bird in the animal park Poing

The West Nile virus was detected by a dead bird in the Poing Wildlife Park. It is the third case in Germany.

Poing – The employees in Wildpark Poing in the Ebersberg district are not yet back on the agenda. On Thursday, the West Nile virus was detected in a dead owl. The third case in Germany, the first in Bavaria.

"Although we assume that our little owl is an isolated case," veterinarian Sandra Klimm emphasized Friday. However, mosquitoes in the zoo must be examined. Through them the virus is transferred – on birds, as in the present case, but also in humans or horses, transmission is possible. All dead wild birds found must also be examined for the virus, Klimm explained.

West Nile Virus: So far no known infection of humans or horses

So far no infection of humans or horses with the virus has been known in Germany. This does not necessarily mean that there has been no question. Because: the virus is not dangerous. "In 80 percent of cases there are not even symptoms of infection," emphasizes Munich-based specialist in tropical medicine Markus Frühwein. "In the remaining 20 percent there are flu-like symptoms." For all people who have not had previous illnesses or whose immune system is not weak, there is no danger. The disease rarely ends fatally.

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