Flock culled after bird flu detected at farm in south Bohemia

Veterinarians are to due to cull all the remaining birds at a small poultry farm in Dlouhá Lhota in the south of the country, where an outbreak of avian influenza was detected earlier this week. Around 15 birds died over the past two days and the remaining 15 will be put down on Saturday.

In an effort to contain the outbreak of the disease, the vets have introduced a three and 10-kilometre security zone around the farm. They will also be closely monitoring both the wild-bird population and the small farms and big holdings in the area.

The presence of the H5N8 virus, which is fatal to birds, was first confirmed in the Czech Republic on Thursday in two dead swans in the region of Písek in South Bohemia.

Author: Ruth Fraňková