Prague, IANS. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic on Monday confirmed the second outbreak of avian influenza this year in the central Czech region of Pardubis. The ministry said in a statement that more than 1,00,000 poultry would have to be killed to prevent the outbreak of the highly pathogenic subtype of H5N8.

On Sunday, a poultry breeder in the village of Slepopois of Pardubis reported 1,300 deaths in a group of 7,500 turkeys, Xinhua reported. The birds also reportedly showed signs of avian influenza, which was later confirmed by the State Veterinary Institute in Prague. In addition, there are some 1,30,000 broiler chickens on the farm. Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman said that this evening or tomorrow morning, veterinarians will begin dealing with infected poultry, which will then be safely disposed of at the sanitation plant.

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The statement further said that the remaining birds would also be killed and further preventive measures would be taken. The first outbreak of bird flu this year was reported in January in the central part of the state, also in the region of Vysosina.

What is influenza virus

There are several types of influenza viruses. One type of this is avian influenza. It is the cause of influenza viruses that mainly affect litters, such as chickens or ducks, and other birds. Although these viruses do not usually infect humans. Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain are symptoms of avian influenza in humans. As well as eye infections, gastrointestinal symptoms have also been reported.

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People are often exposed to avian influenza through contact with birds and poultry (living or dead) or their feces or contaminated environments infected with this virus.

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