Thousands of turkeys have had to be slaughtered in the Czech Republic after an outbreak of bird-flu at a poultry farm.
More than 1,500 of the birds had already died of the H5N1 strain of the virus, which is potentially dangerous to humans. The rest of the 6,000 flock was to be culled, at a cost of about 70,000 euros to the farm’s owner.
None of the turkeys had been put into the retail market, authorities said.
The farm near Usti nad Orlici in the east of the country has been sealed off by two safety perimeters, one at 3 kilometers and another at 10 kilometers. Another 350,000 or so poultry are present at other locations within that area.
Experts fear the H5N1 strain of avian flu could mutate and set off a pandemic among humans.
The virus killed two people in Vietnam earlier this month, bringing the global total to about 200 human deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.
Hundreds of millions of birds have died or been slaughtered.