Soldiers begin culling 71,000 birds after latest bird flu outbreak
Soldiers and fire-fighters have begun destroying thousands of chickens at two poultry farms in East Bohemia, after tests confirmed the presence of the H5N1 type of bird flu virus. The two cases were within a few kilometres of the country's first outbreaks in June of last year at two similar farms.
"At the moment there are about 17,000 birds at the Netreby farm and around 54,000 birds at Chocen. They'll be put down in the same way as in the previous two outbreaks - carbon dioxide."
Officials believe the virus spread after breeders failed to conform to the strict hygiene regulations put in place after the first outbreak last year. As well as the four outbreaks at poultry farms, veterinary officials found the H5N1 virus in 14 dead swans last year, with another swan testing positive for the deadly strain of bird flu last month.