PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech authorities ordered a cull of thousands of chickens & ducks around outbreaks of bird flu on two small farms in the southeast on Friday, as reports of the disease came in from across Europe.
The order came as France started culling approximately 800,000 ducks in its southwest & Austria told its farmers to keep all poultry indoors following cases reported in its neighbors Switzerland & Germany.
The Czech veterinary authority said its order would affect several thousand birds from small flocks & 6,000 ducks at a larger farm, all within 3 km (2 miles) of Ivancice & Moravsky Krumlov.
p> The H5N8 bird flu strain is deadly for poultry yet has never been found in humans & cannot be transmitted through food.
(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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