Village of Tisova assesses damage after first case of dangerous strain of bird flu is found on local farm
Inhabitants of the little village of Tisova have been pushed to the limit in the last few days. Just hours after a local farm reported that its flock was dying from a bird flu virus, tests confirmed that the strain of bird flu in question was the H5N1 strain that can be deadly to humans. Now, not only the flock on the affected farm but all poultry in the entire village have to be culled.
When asked how the inhabitants of Tisova are coping, the local mayor replied he had neither the words nor strength left to express how everyone is at their wit's end. But how did the bird flu virus get to a flock that was being held indoors? The source of the infection is still being determined. Zbynek Semerad is from the State Veterinary Authority:
According to Ales Cernohorsky, a member of the crisis team, all poultry bred within a protective perimeter of up to ten kilometres will also be monitored closely:
"In the next few days we will be observing a number of measures within a 3km and 10km perimeter. If anybody discovers another infected flock they are obliged to report it to their local mayor immediately. The flocks cannot be moved and their products - eggs and meat - will stay within the protective zone."
This local resident, who breeds chickens, is luckily not dependent on her flock:
The mayor of Tisova, Vojtech Elias, says those who lose their fowl will be compensated:
"The owners of the fowl that have been culled have a right to compensation. It amounts to around 50 crowns per animal."
Fifty crowns is a mere 2.50 US dollars. The affected farm, on which 6,000 turkeys had to be culled, assesses its losses at around 2 million crowns, which is a little over 95,000 US dollars. Luckily, most poultry breeders in the area were not dependent on their flocks.