It’s been more than a week since the last announced bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands (see Netherlands: 2nd Farm At Kamperveen Showing Signs Of Bird Flu), but it appears this respite was short lived, as today the Central Government website announced the culling of 28K chickens for an H5 infection at a farm in Zoeterwoude.
This farm is about 10 km from Ter Aar which reported an outbreak 10 days ago.
My thanks to Gert van der Hoek on FluTrackers for a better translation of the government announcement than my software could manage. The exact subtype has not been determined, but it is likely to prove a match to the H5N8 virus which has affected 5 other farms in the Netherlands over the past couple of weeks.
In Zoeterwoude in a chickenfarm with around 28,000 animals bird flu (avian influenza, AI) had been established. This company has no outdoor access. The affected chickens are to be culled today. This is based on European rules. Depopulation is by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
This infection is an H5 strain of bird flu. It is not yet clear whether it is a low pathogenic or highly pathogenic variant. Further analysis by the CVI should reveal this. It is expected that the results of this analysis are available tomorrow.
Surrounding the company in Zoeterwoude establishes a 10 mile area. Within this area are four other poultry farms. These companies are sampled and tested for avian influenza.
No H5 bird flu found in ducks companies
Meanwhile, the investigation into all ducks companies was completed in the Netherlands. There is no bird flu virus of the H5 type found on these companies.