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Berlin Zoo closes to visitors due to bird flu case

BERLIN — The Berlin Zoo closed its doors to visitors Friday after one of its waterfowl tested positive for avian flu, the facility said.

A routine check of a hammerhead – a medium-sized wading bird – that had died last week was found to have tested positive for the disease.

The zoo will remain closed for the time being as a precaution, the zoo said. Meanwhile, caretakers are working to quarantine and segregate the remaining bird populations.

“The primary goal is to prevent the spread of bird flu,” said the Berlin climate ministry.

Zoos in other German cities, including Greifswald, Karlsruhe, Rostock and Heidelberg, have also recently been hit by bird flu cases.

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