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Czech Republic confirms eighth case of bird flu
www.chinaview.cn 2006-04-08 00:20:09

    PRAGUE, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The Czech Republic has confirmed it's eighth case of bird flu after tests showed that a swan found dead recently was infected with the H5 virus, the State VeterinaryAuthority said Friday.

    Josef Duben, spokesman for the state veterinary department, said the dead swan had been found in the town of Velka Cerna, South Bohemia, about 5 km from the country's border with Austria.

    The South Bohemian Veterinary Authority had taken emergency measures in the area, setting up a 3-km no-go area and a 10-km epidemic prevention zone around the site where the dead bird had been found, the spokesman said.

    The veterinary authority was finalizing the full extent of the protection zone, its director, Frantisek Kouba said, adding that the likely area was expected to overlap into neighbouring Austria.

    The zone also covers the protected wildlife area Trebonsko. However, no extra measures could be made for wild birds, Kouba said.

    The emergency measures will probably relate to six breeding farms, as three of them were located within the no-go zone and theother three were on its boundary, Kouba said.

    All previous cases of bird flu in the Czech Republic have been found in South Bohemia.

    The EU Reference Laboratory in Weybridge, Britain, has confirmed the lethal H5N1 strain in the first dead swan.

    Duben said that laboratory tests were continuing, and that the final verdict would always be published by the British lab.

    Under the emergency measures, towns and villages in the area would be required to use appropriate methods for the collection and elimination of the dead birds.

    The protective and monitoring measures will last at least 21 days. Enditem

Editor: Wang Nan
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