After bird flu was detected in Turkey's western province of Balıkesir and the area surrounding poultry facilities was quarantined, Turkey's health minister said no additional measures were required.
The virus was detected by the Veterinary Control Institute of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, which took in samples of dead chicken, after at least 40,000 chickens died in the last four months in Balıkesir province's Bandırma district.
Samples from the dead chickens tested positive for bird flu.
The area surrounding poultry facilities in the region have been quarantined since Sunday, Bandırma Governor Ali Mantı told reporters Monday.
Turkey's Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu said Monday in a press conference that all necessary precautions had been taken in Bandirma, adding that no additional measures were currently needed.
"The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency are closely monitoring the situation," Müezzinoğlu said.
Bandırma's governor also stated that chickens, which were under the risk of being infected with bird flu, have been culled, and disinfection of the facilities has been completed.
Roads leading to the poultries have been blocked and hunting has been banned in the region until further notice, Mantı said.
At least 1.2 million chickens are bred in poultry facilities in Bandırma district, which is also a route for imported chicken.
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