CZECH REPUBLIC, Prag. A second outbreak of avian influenza has been detected in the Czech Republic within a few weeks. A large commercial poultry farm with more than 6,000 turkeys and 130,000 broilers is affected.
The highly infectious H5N8 pathogen has been detected in the stables in the municipality of Slepotice around 110 kilometres east of Prague, reports Austrian AIZ-Info. After about 1,300 turkeys had died in the breeding farm within a short period of time, the operator contacted the authorities. The company premises were sealed off.
The entire poultry stock with more than 6,000 turkeys and 130,000 broilers is now being preventively culled. A three-kilometre protection zone was established around the outbreak. The authorities are considering a relief operation by the army. In mid-January, avian influenza occurred at a small poultry farm in South Moravia. It was the first infection in commercial poultry in the Czech Republic since 2017.