Bird flu strikes in Czech Republic

Health officials have supervised the destruction of 27,528 broiler chickens at a poultry farm in the central Czech Republic, in a devastating outbreak of bird flu.

Following confirmation of the disease at Norin, Usti nad Orlici, Pardubický province, movement controls were imposed on poultry farmed in the region, along with disinfection and quarantine of the birds on the affected farm.

Vaccination has been blocked, with all directly susceptible birds being slaughtered. A European Commission report noted a protection zone of 3 km radius and a surveillance zone of 10 km around the infected holding.

"Strict movement controls are in place, poultry must be kept indoors, there is a prohibition on gatherings of poultry and other birds and on-farm biosecurity measures will be strengthened," it said.

Meanwhile, a dead mute swan has been found killed by the disease in the south of the country, in Lednice, Breclav, Jihomoravský province, the Office International des Épizooties (OIE) has reported.