Bird flu is already in the Czech Republic, after three years

In a small poultry farm in the Czech village of Štěpánov nad Svratkou in the Vysočina region, veterinarians confirmed the presence of the H5N8 bird flu virus. The Czech State Veterinary Administration (SVS) informed about it on Saturday.

“The infection must have been introduced into wild waterfowl by the disease,” said SVS spokesman Petr Vorlíček, who was quoted by the news server Novinky.cz. According to him, there were 12 hens and three ducks in the infected farm. Within two days, half of the hens died.

After reporting the death, veterinarians examined the dead hens. At all found a pathogenic virus. “The remaining poultry in the farm will be spent in and around outbreaks, a protection zone and a zone of three kilometers will be defined supervision with a radius of ten kilometers, “said the director of SVS Zbyněk Semerád.

“We are ready to help the affected breeders with compensation they belong to them by law, “said the Czech Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman. The most important thing now, according to him, is to avoid another the spread of the disease and keepers should prevent it for precautionary reasons contact of wild and domestic birds.

The bird flu virus last appeared in the Czech Republic three years ago. The birds have almost exclusively the H5N8 virus, in which case so far has not shown transmission to humans.

In a small poultry farm in the Czech village of Štěpánov nad Svratkou in the Vysočina region, veterinarians confirmed the presence of the H5N8 bird flu virus. The Czech State Veterinary Administration (SVS) informed about it on Saturday.

“The infection must have been introduced into wild waterfowl by the disease,” said SVS spokesman Petr Vorlíček, who was quoted by the news server Novinky.cz. According to him, there were 12 hens and three ducks in the infected farm. Within two days, half of the hens died.

After reporting the death, veterinarians examined the dead hens. At all found a pathogenic virus. “The remaining poultry in the farm will be spent in and around outbreaks, a protection zone and a zone of three kilometers will be defined supervision with a radius of ten kilometers, “said the director of SVS Zbyněk Semerád.

“We are ready to help the affected breeders with compensation they belong to them by law, “said the Czech Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman. The most important thing now, according to him, is to avoid another the spread of the disease and keepers should prevent it for precautionary reasons contact of wild and domestic birds.

The bird flu virus last appeared in the Czech Republic three years ago. The birds have almost exclusively the H5N8 virus, in which case so far has not shown transmission to humans.