In the Czech Republic, vets had to slaughter 80,000 infected chickens on a poultry farm 45 kilometers north of Prague on Tuesday. More than 100,000 chickens have died on the farm in the Czech Republic, where 188,000 chickens were still being kept before Christmas.
The slaughter of poultry infected with bird flu is still ongoing. Vets also had to destroy more than a million eggs for export, the spokesman said. To date, 48 cases of avian influenza have been registered in the Czech Republic, a record within a calendar year.
In Slovenia, the first infection was detected on a small farm in the north of the country on Tuesday, according to the Slovenian authorities. This was the first H5N1 virus infection in Slovenia.
Due to the above-average mortality of the birds, a test was conducted at a farm near Slovenska Bistrica, about 100 kilometers northeast of Ljubljana. Appropriate measures have been taken on and around the contagious farm and breeders have been asked to isolate the animals.
Bird flu outbreaks have also been reported in France in the south west of the country, and in the UK it was announced in early December that half a million birds had to be slaughtered because of the largest bird flu epidemic on record.
Quarantine measures have also been imposed in Belgium and the Netherlands in recent months following the detection of various foci of avian influenza.