Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Bird flu confirmed at Košice zoo

Following an outbreak in the Dúbravka borough of Bratislava, this is second instance of bird flu in Slovakia.

Poeple entering and leaving the Košice zoo must undergo process of disinfection. (Source: TASR)

The infection occurred in two breeding pairs of Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata), Michal Feik of the Agriculture Ministry informed the TASR newswire on January 4.

The ministry is calling on breeders, as well as the wider public, to keep up biological protection of their breeds and if they suspect any new bird flu case, to immediately inform the nearest Veterinary and Food Administration (ŠVPS), Feik added.

A private vet taking care of the birds at the zoo in the eastern-Slovak metropolis of Košice recognised the symptoms in the ducks which were later caught, put down and sent for laboratory examination on the same day. The lab confirmed the presence of the sub-type H5 virus in the samples examined, on January 3.

Read also:First case of bird flu in Slovakia

The ŠVPS immediately took the necessary measures, according to Feik. Košice zoo was established as the source of the infection and has been immediately closed until further notice.

An initial check showed that 341 birds sensitive towards the virus are kept at the zoo. A radius of three kilometres from the source has been set as the so-called zone of protection and 10 kilometres as the so-called zone of monitoring, according to the ministry.

“So far, the transmission of this bird flu type to humans has not been confirmed,” Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná pointed out, as quoted by TASR. However, Slovaks are recommended to avoid contact with live poultry and birds and to thoroughly heat meals made from poultry – at least 70°C for a minimum of 20 minutes.

„We have no reason for panic, but caution is prudent,” head of ŠVPS SR, Jozef Bíreš, told TASR, adding that the virus circulates freely within the wild bird population and can appear in any part of the country.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

We want a decent Slovakia, people chanted in squares

On the eve of the Velvet Revolution anniversary, people protested in the thousands, calling for a decent Slovakia.

Bratislava protest November 16, 2018

What we didn't know about our freedom

In 1989, we thought that once the job was done, we would only go out to the squares for Sunday walks.

November 1989 in Bratislava

The courage to fight for democracy

Authoritarian societies squander the possibilities of human achievement, of lives lived to their fullest, writes the US ambassador to Slovakia.

Illustrative stock photo

While France has Beaujolais Nouveau, Slovakia has St Catherine's wines

This warm summer with an early harvest was a blessing for young wine.

St Catherine's wines