The measure was taken in response to a finding of highly pathogenic bird flu (H5) in laying hens on an organic poultry farm in Zeewolde (Flevoland). To prevent the virus from spreading, the infected farm in Zeewolde with approximately 36,000 animals is being culled by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
In view of the outbreak in Zeewolde, increasing finds of dead wild birds in the north of the Netherlands and infected wild birds in Germany, Minister Schouten is introducing a national obligation to cage poultry for commercially kept poultry. This is done to reduce the risk of the bird flu virus being introduced from wild birds to companies in the Netherlands.
Zoos, petting zoos and owners of hobby birds (such as pigeons and parakeets) and chickens are obliged to screen their poultry and waterfowl to prevent the birds from coming into contact with sick wild birds or their droppings as much as possible. This can be done, for example, by keeping the animals in an aviary. More information about how this can best be done can be found on the NVWA website. A ban has also been imposed on the display of poultry, waterfowl and ratites.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality will have the introduction risk assessed by the animal diseases expert group.
Transport ban Zeewolde
There are 6 other poultry farms in the area of 3 kilometers around the infected farm in Zeewolde. These companies are sampled and examined for bird flu. There are 9 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 for poultry companies in this zone of 10 kilometers around the company in Zeewolde. A transport ban concerns poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding, as well as other animals and animal products from farms with commercially reared poultry.
Report dead wild birds
It is important that finds of dead wild birds are reported to the appropriate authorities. More information about the best place to do this can be found on the NVWA website.
National mandatory confinement obligation due to bird flu outbreak
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