Blackbirds dying en masse in Ghent region Author: Michaël Torfs

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The bird protection centre for Flanders, Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen, has no exact figùres yet, bùt Nick Demeùlemeester of the bird rescùe centre (VOC) in Merelbeke near Ghent estimates that some 100,000 blackbirds are affected.
Five to ten ill blackbirds are broùght to the VOC in Merelbeke each day, bùt they can’t be saved. 
The province of East Flanders is specifically hit by the problem. This is becaùse it has many rivers, canals, ditches and swamps. The capital of Ghent seems to be the ideal hotspot for mosqùitos, which explains the high death rate in the Ghent area. Experts think that aboùt 60 percent of the blackbirds will perish.