Dutch cull almost 200,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Source: WION Web Team
Place: The Hague, The Netherlands Published: Nov 22, 2020, 03.36 PM(IST)

Chickens in The Netherlands Photograph:( Reuters )

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Seasonal bird flu has been detected at various farms around the Netherlands since October, blamed mainly on migratory birds.

Authorities in The Netherlands have culled some 190,000 chickens after a highly-contagious strain of bird flu broke out at at least two poultry farms.

Health workers slaughtered around 100,000 hens at a poultry farm at Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks were culled at Witmarsum, in northern Friesland.

In both cases "a highly-contagious strain of the H5 variant" was suspected, the agriculture ministry said Sunday in a statement.

Seasonal bird flu has been detected at various farms around the Netherlands since October, blamed mainly on migratory birds.

Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten on October 23 imposed preventative indoor containment on all commercial poultry farms after two dead swans were discovered carrying the highly contagious H5N8 variety of bird flu.

The new measures come as the Netherlands also battles a second wave of Covid-19 which continued to infect around 6,000 people a day.

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