Bird flu discovered in The Netherlands

13-05-2011 | |
Bird flu discovered in The Netherlands

An Avian Influenza outbreak has been diagnosed on an organic poultry farm near the village of Kootwijkerbroek in the Netherlands.

Most likely it is the low pathogenic H7 strain, but still this must be confirmed. All 8,800 hens have been culled immediately. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture announced a 3 kilometer non transportation zone for live poultry, eggs, litter, manure and feed.

Within the 3 kilometer zone, 60 poultry farms are located. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and food safety authorities are investigating all these farms individually on the possible occurrence of AI. All poultry within the 3 kilometer zone must be kept indoors.

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