Netherlands flags LPAI: 31,870 birds destroyed

15-08-2012 | | |
Netherlands flags LPAI: 31,870 birds destroyed

LPAI H7N7 has been discovered on a farm just south of the Dutch city of Utrecht in the village of Hagestijn.

Dr Christianne Bruschke, chief veterinary officier attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, has reported to the OIE an outbreak of Low pathogenic avian influenza with the serotype H7N7.

The outbreak, starting on the ninth of August on a free range farm, was discovered during a routine check. A positive PCR test by the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad confirmed the virus to be H7N7.

In total 31,870 free range laying hens were destroyed. There are no commercial holdings within one kilometre of the farm.

Standard quarantine measures have been installed. The OIE notes that the low pathogenic forms of avian influenza H5 and H7 in poultry is a notifiable disease, as per Chapter 10.4 on avian influenza of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2011). 

Source: OIE