Second bird flu outbreak recorded in Pardubice district

A second outbreak of avian flu in two months has been detected in the Czech Republic. The disease was discovered on a commercial poultry farm in the Pardubice district. The veterinary authority has ordered 140 000 birds to be put down.

The first Czech outbreak of the H5N8 virus, which is fatal to birds, was discovered at a small poultry farm in Moravia in January. Previously bird flu had not been seen in this country for three years.

Author: Ian Willoughby