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Czech Republic bans poultry markets and large outdoor flocks due to bird flu

Christian Fernsby |
The Czech Ministry of Agriculture has shut poultry markets and exhibitions and told farmers to move poultry flocks indoors after cases of avian influenza were reported.

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Topics: CZECH   

Reuters reports that veterinarians confirmed the H5N8 avian influenza in seven wild ducks and swans near the city of Ceske Budejovice and in the district of Pisek south of Prague, adding to previous cases in wild swans and one domestic poultry flock detected in the past week.

The ministry said it was also putting limits on moving poultry around and selling birds from registered large farms to small keepers.

The ban on keeping flocks outside applies to registered, larger flocks. The ministry urged all keepers to make sure that flocks do not come into contact with wild birds.

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