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The aviary and penguin house were closed at noon, and visitors were then asked to leave. The infection was detected during a routine examination of the carcass of a dead gogo, also known as a hammerhead bird, the institution announced.

So far, no symptoms of the disease have been detected among live birds in the zoo, regardless of this, all birds are tested, and in order to avoid the spread of the disease, all workers are also required to wear protective clothing, reports MTI.

It is not yet known when the zoo (Zoologischer Garten Berlin, Zoo), which receives 3.7 million visitors a year, will reopen. The Berlin Zoo (Tierpark Berlin), located in the eastern part of the German capital, which operates as a companion facility to the zoo, also responded with similar measures to protect the animals.

The H5N1 virus, known as bird flu, which spreads rapidly among bird flocks, usually causes a fatal disease in birds. Since the virus has reared its head several times in recent years in Central Europe, random tests are continuously carried out on dead animals in the region.