HPAI outbreaks in Czechia and Slovakia

The Czech Republic reported the appearance of the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus, OIE informed on 20 January 2020. In Slovakia, the second outbreak of this virus was reported.

laying hens in a stable
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In Czechia the outbreak was noted in the central part of the country, in backyard farm keeping 12 hens and 3 ducks. The farm is located in Stepanov nad Svratkou, in Zdar nad Sazavou district, in Vysocina province.

In Slovakia the H5N8 virus was detected in the western part of the country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. It included only 19 laying hens from a small backyard farm, intended for own needs.

Presently, H5N8 virus, often transmitted by migrating wild birds, has been spreading in central and eastern Europe in recent weeks. It was reported in domestic poultry on farms in Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, with Ukraine and the Czech Republic affected recently.

LAN-WAR own report AG