Kathmandu: due to bird flu outbreak Up to 220,000 chickens were to be destroyed in the Czech Republic on Tuesday following a bird The avian influenza H5N1 virus was discovered in the village of Brod nad Tichou in the country’s Western Plzen region on Friday.
The farm keeps around 750,000 chickens in three divided flu outbreak at a poultry farm, the State Veterinary Administration (SVS) said. Originally about 120,000 chickens in one of the affected halls were to be culled. However, further tests conducted on Monday confirmed more infections in the same hall. Millions of eggs from the farm will also be disposed of.
The results of tests taken in the remaining two halls are so far negative, the SVS said in a statement, noting that restricted zones have been established around the farm and emergency veterinary measures have been taken.
This outbreak is the country’s “largest,” according to the Czech News Agency.
The report also cited Gabriela Dlouha, head of the Czech-Moravian Poultry Union, as saying that the destroying chickens should not affect the quantity or the price of eggs on the market for the time being, as only less than five percent of the about five million hens in the country will be destroyed.
However, she warned that the further spread of the virus would have greater economic impacts. The Czech Republic has reported nine bird flu outbreaks since Dec. 1, 2022, according to the SVS.
Earlier last month, Czech veterinarians destroyed around 15,000 ducks at a farm in the country’s South Bohemian region.
In mid-December, the authorities imposed a nationwide ban on outdoor poultry farming to tackle “increasing outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu” in the country.