Avian Influenza strikes Poland
Polish officials announced yesterday that 4,200 turkeys
were culled by the state's veterinary service following an outbreak of H5N1 bird
influenza outbreak was identified on Saturday on two farms around 80km
northwest of Warsaw near the city of Plock.
District crisis management chief, Hilary Januszcyzk, was reported as stating
that "the Turkeys around the village of Brudzen near Plock were gassed on
Saturday night and their carcasses will be fully destroyed by Sunday".
The area around the farms has been cordoned off and farms within 3km of the
outbreak are being investigated. However, no new cases have been discovered.
Deputy chief state veterinarian, Krzysztof Jazdzewski, indicated that samples
have been taken and sent to the State Veterinary Institute in Pulawy.
Authorities are ordering farmers to keep their poultry indoors. "There is no
reason to panic," he said.
Early reports indicate that the virus is likely to have been brought by
migrating ducks, geese or swans.
Poland has been commended by the European Commission for action taken to
contain the spread of the virus. Commission spokeswoman, Barbara Helfferich,
commented that "Polish authorities had contacted the Commission in the middle of
the night about suspicion of the virus and all appropriate measures have now
Bird flu has been discovered previously in Poland in wild swans near the city
of Torun in early 2006.
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