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Danish authorities to cull 34,000 turkeys after bird flu detected

Around 34,000 turkeys must be culled after avian flu was detected at a farm in South Zealand.

Danish authorities to cull 34,000 turkeys after bird flu detected
A January 2022 photo showing an earlier avian flu outbreak which resulted in thousands of farm turkeys being put down. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) on Tuesday increased its alert level for bird flu from low to medium, prior to the detection of the disease at the farm near the village of Lundby.

It confirmed the birds would be culled in a statement on Wednesday.

“At the end of last month we had a case of avian flu in a hobby flock on [island] Als, and we have now confirmed the disease at a professional breeder. The outbreaks are unfortunately not unexpected,” senior veterinarian Mette Kirkeskov Sie said in the statement.

A large number of dead birds were found amongst the rafter of turkeys at the farm. That resulted in the food authority taking samples for testing, which subsequently confirmed the presence of the disease.

The Food Administration has increased its alert level because seasonal migrations mean that bird flu in Denmark is now at a higher risk of being spread to neighbouring countries.

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Danish public sector workers offered full time contracts

People who work in the public sector for Danske Regioner, the regional authorities which are responsible for health services, will be given the automatic right to become contracted as full time employees.

Danish public sector workers offered full time contracts

The objective of the decision is to secure staff at hospitals and social services which are operated by regional authorities, Danske Regioner said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Regions’ elected official in charge of the salary and practice committee, Region Zealand council chairperson Heino Knudsen, said it was “crucial” for regional authorities to increase the working hours of staff by moving more people from part-time to full-time terms.

“We need staff in the health services and we need all the staff we can get. Preferably a lot more who are working full time,” Knudsen said.

“Currently, we can see that an overall 32 percent of people employed by Regions are part-time. We very much want to reduce that percentage so that more people want to work full time and have the option of doing so,” he said.

Social care sector staff have had the right to automatically become full-time since 2020, but the option was not previously extended to all employees.

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