Goose farm – illustration photo.
Prague – Veterinarians have confirmed the occurrence of bird flu in a poultry farm in Benice, southeast of Prague. There were 54 poultry in the farm, the breeders reported the death of two poultry to the veterinarians, the remaining poultry were euthanized. Petr Vorlíček, spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration, told ČTK. The number of detected bird flu outbreaks in the Czech Republic rose to 16 this year.
“After reporting the death of two pieces of poultry, veterinary inspectors at the farm took samples and sent them to the State Veterinary Institute in Prague for examination, which subsequently confirmed bird flu of the H5N1 subtype,” said Vorlíček. According to him, measures were taken on farms to prevent the spread of the disease. Closed zones will be defined around the outbreak and extraordinary veterinary measures will be taken in them, he added.
The previous two outbreaks appeared last week in small farms in Okrouhlica in Havlíčkobrodsk. In one farm there were 11 ducks, ducks and hens, in the other there were 116 hens.
The State Veterinary Administration has banned outdoor poultry breeding throughout the country since last December 14 due to the spread of bird flu. 20 outbreaks of infection appeared in the Czech Republic last year. At the end of the year, the largest outbreak of bird flu in the country was confirmed in the hen farm in Brod nad Tichou in the Tachovsk region. Veterinarians had to kill almost 750,000 laying hens.