WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in eastern Poland say bird flu is responsible for the deaths of at least 25,000 turkeys in poultry farms near the country’s borders with Ukraine and Belarus.
Polish veterinary authorities on Thursday were planning to cull tens of thousands of birds in the Lubartow area, a major poultry farming region. Police were blocking access to the affected area to non-residents.
The chief veterinarian for Lublin province, Pawel Piotrowski, confirmed that the deadly H5N8 virus was responsible for the turkey deaths in two farms in the village of Stary Uscimow, which lies 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the borders with Ukraine and Belarus.
It was not clear how the bird flu virus found its way to the farms.
A very sad, deplorable situation for all these poor birds, in as well as the loss and cost to the poultry farmers.
There though is a signal of risk to the human population, not as described with the bird flue, but in the manner of diseases. For as indicated, the vector source has not been identified or place of origin. What this means is with weather changes or the popular name: Climate Change. With the ice melt in such areas as the northern most area of your Alaska, both polar regions, is the risk of release of viruses and what ever such pathogens previously frozen from many centuries incapsulated in ice now to be released in to the wind currants.
Commensurately of above, we as humans have not been exposed to such viruses and as such, we if exposed, may or not have the immune system to fight this new type never before seen before.