Search for birds continues

The search for and dead birds continued on Thursday in the southern Swedish town of Karlskrona, following the discovery of a bird with suspected H5N1 bird flu on Wednesday.

Two apparently sick birds – a tufted duck and a swan – were shot on Wednesday afternoon by Karlskrona’s official shooter and sent to the National Veterinary Institute for analysis.

Officials from the Swedish Board of Agriculture (SBA) arrived in Karlskrona on Wednesday to lead the search for sick or dead birds. The coastguard has been drafted in to monitor where major concentrations of birds are during its daily flights up the coast. A police helicopter has also been placed at the disposal of the board.

“Most birds are staying further out at sea due to the amount of ice [by the coast],” said Christer Johansson, spokesman for the Blekinge county administrative board.

The dead bird that sparked the alert in Karlskrona was found in Stumholmen, a built-up residential area.

Further up the coast in Oxelösund, searches for sick and dead birds were also continuing on Thursday. Fifteen dead birds were found on Wednesday, of which seven have been sent for analysis.

Registration of domestic birds in the area was also continuing.

“There are no large commercial poultry farms in the area, but there are a number of smaller breeders,” said SBA’s Anna Olsson.

TT/The Local