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Animal-wide bird flu in Vleuten

Vleuten

Bird flu (H5) has been diagnosed in poultry and waterfowl on an animal pasture in Vleuten. It is probably a highly pathogenic variant of bird flu. To prevent the virus from spreading, the 56 infected chickens and waterfowl are culled on the animal pasture. The clearances are carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Transport ban

There are no other poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone around this company. Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has immediately announced a transport ban in a zone of 10 kilometers around the company in Vleuten. A transport ban concerns poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used litter, but also other animals and animal products from farms with reared poultry. Since the introduction of the Animal Health Regulation, it is mandatory according to European regulations that measures are also taken, such as the establishment of a restricted zone, even if there is an infection with highly pathogenic bird flu at locations with more than 50 birds.

Measures

National measures, such as the confinement obligation for commercially reared poultry, are still in force. Keepers of laying hens, breeding stock and broilers are subject to a stricter reporting obligation; they must report the loss of their poultry earlier to the NVWA. As a result, infections with bird flu can come to light earlier and the chance of spreading is smaller. Zoos, petting zoos and owners of hobby birds and chickens are obliged to shield their poultry and waterfowl so that these animals do not come into contact with wild waterfowl and their droppings. This can be done, for example, by keeping the animals in an aviary or by placing them in a run. A ban has also been imposed on the display of ornamental poultry and waterfowl.

Animal-wide bird flu in Vleuten
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