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Luxembourg's Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development has reported a confirmed outbreak of avian influenza (virus type H5N1) in Lellingen.

On Friday 27 January 2023, a bird flu outbreak was confirmed in poultry kept in Lellingen, in northern Luxembourg.

In order to prevent the spread of this highly pathogenic virus and the appearance of new outbreaks, the Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration has recalled the following preventive measures:

  • feeding and watering must take place in premises which are not accessible to wild birds;
  • poultry must be kept in closed rooms;
  • poultry may have access to exit areas provided that the latter are protected by nets to prevent any contact with wild birds;
  • biosecurity rules must be scrupulously respected;
  • all poultry gatherings (poultry exhibitions) are prohibited;
  • any abnormal poultry mortality should be reported to a veterinarian

All poultry imports must be covered by a health certificate (TRACES) issued by an official veterinarian of the country of origin. This obligation also applies to the purchase of poultry at a market.

Any discovery of an ill or dead wild aquatic bird (goose, duck, swan) should be reported to the Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration via tel.: 247-82539 or via email:

These measures will be updated depending on the evolution of the disease.

The authorities recalled that the consumption of eggs and poultry meat remains safe.