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Two weeks after we saw the Netherlands: (Probably) Mild Bird Flu In Barneveld, we have another reported outbreak in Tzummarum on the northern coast. While likely LPAI H7 (like the last outbreak) these two farms are more than 100 km apart.
This announcement from Rijksoverheid.nl.
News item | 26-03-2015
In Tzummarum (Friesland) is a poultry farm with 22,000 hens bird flu (avian influenza, AI) established. This company has one barn with outdoor access. It is likely that the mild H7 variant.
Because a low pathogenic (mild) H7 variant can mutate to a highly pathogenic (highly contagious and deadly for chickens) variant, the company has both a low culling as a highly pathogenic variant. This is based on European rules. Depopulation is by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
From Thursday, March 26th, 2015 from 13:00 applies in an area of over one kilometer around the holding in Tzummarum a ban on transporting poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding. Within the area is one other poultry. This company is sampled and tested for avian influenza.