Bird flu kills 25,000 turkeys in eastern Poland, causes the killing

WARSAW, POLAND: Eastern authorities Poland they say bird flu is responsible for the death of at least 25,000 turkeys on poultry farms near the country's borders with Ukraine & Belarus .

Polish veterinary authorities planned Thursday to sacrifice tens of thousands of birds in the Lubartow area, an important poultry region. Police were blocking access to the affected area to non-residents.

The chief veterinarian of Lublin Province, Pawel Piotrowski, confirmed that the deadly H5N8 virus was responsible for Turkey deaths in two farms in the village of Stary Uscimow, which lies 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the borders with Ukraine & Belarus .

It was not clear how the bird flu virus reached the farms.