Poultry farm inspections launched after Polish bird flu outbreak

The Czech State Veterinary Administration has launched a special inspections drive targeting farms to which poultry is transported from and to Poland, Radio Prague reports with reference to Czech Television. The agency’s chief, Zbyněk Semerád, says the move is aimed at preventing an outbreak of bird flu in this country. The checks will take place across the entire Czech Republic and are set to continue until the end of January at the earliest, officials said.
The follow the news that the H5N8 avian influenza virus was discovered last week at five farms in Poland, which is the largest producer of poultry in the European Union.
The Czech minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, said on Jan. 8, that his department had, in conjunction with the State Veterinary Administration, warned last week of the increased risk of bird flu from Poland. Breeders have been told to do their utmost to ensure that birds living freely do not contaminate poultry or their feed or drinking water.
Zbyněk Semerád called on all breeders not to allow people unconnected to poultry farms to enter them. He said any visitors should change their clothing and be subject to other precautionary measures as people and vehicles represented a risk.
Under the new measures, vets will take samples at any farms where five or more birds die at the same time.

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