n Sint-Oedenrode (municipality of Meierijstad, province of North Brabant) bird flu (H5) was diagnosed at a laying hen farm. It is probably a highly pathogenic variant of bird flu. There are 2 other poultry farms within a radius of 1 kilometer around the company. To prevent the virus from spreading, the infected company and the 2 companies are cleared within 1 kilometer. On the infected farm, this concerns approximately 35,000 animals. The other two farms contain approximately 49,920 and 47,000 animals. The culls are carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
In the area of 3 kilometers around the infected farm in Sint-Oedenrode are 7 other poultry farms. These companies are sampled and examined for avian flu.
There are also 26 other poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone around this company. Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has immediately declared a transport ban for poultry farms in this zone of 10 kilometers around the farm in Sint-Oedenrode. A transport ban covers poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding, but also other animals and animal products from farms with commercially kept poultry.
National measures, such as the obligation to house commercially kept poultry, are still in force. Keepers of laying hens, breeding animals and broilers are subject to a stricter reporting obligation; they must report the loss of animals to the NVWA earlier. This allows bird flu infections to come to light earlier and reduces the risk of spreading. Zoos, petting zoos and owners of hobby birds and chickens are also obliged to shield their poultry and waterfowl so that these animals do not come into contact with wild waterfowl and their excrement. This can be done, for example, by keeping the animals in an aviary or by placing them in a run. There is also a ban on the display of ornamental poultry and water birds.
Bird flu diagnosed at a poultry farm in Sint-Oedenrode
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