Monday, February 26, 2018

Netherlands: H5 Avian Flu In A Commercial Flock In Oldekerk



















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Given last year's record epizootic in Europe, and the arrival of newly reassorted HPAI H5N6 virus to the region in December, Europe has remained remarkably quiet on the avian flu front this winter (see DEFRA Avian Flu In Europe Update - Feb 14th).
Perhaps as a testament to improved biosecurity -  other than the December outbreak of H5N6 at a farm in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - HPAI activity in Europe this winter has been pretty much limited to wild birds. 
Today, however, the government of the Netherlands is reporting on the detection of a (likely Highly pathogenic) H5 avian flu outbreak at a poultry farm in Oldekerk, in the north of the country.

Two reports.  First, the initial announcement from the Netherlands' Rijksoverheid (government) website, followed by an update today on the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute website.  

Bird flu identified in poultry in Oldekerk

release | 25-02-2018 | 23:00
Olde Church (province of Groningen) on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at a company with poultry avian influenza of the H5 type set. It is probably a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. To prevent spread of the virus, the company is cleared. In total there are approximately 36,000 birds. In a radius of one kilometer around the holding are not other companies. The clearing are performed by the Dutch Food Safety Authority (NVWA).

In the area of ​​three kilometers around the infected holding in Oldekerk are two other companies. These companies are sampled and tested for avian influenza. Schouten Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has immediately announced a ban on transporting poultry farms in a zone of 10 kilometers around the company Oldekerk. A movement ban applies to poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding. All existing national measures, such as the indoor confinement, remain unimpaired.

Bird flu in Oldekerk 

published February 26, 2018

Olde Church (province of Groningen) on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at a company with poultry avian influenza of the H5 type set. It is probably a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. To prevent spread of the virus, the company is cleared. In total there are approximately 36,000 birds. In a radius of one kilometer around the holding are not other companies. The clearing are performed by the Dutch Food Safety Authority (NVWA). 


Two other companies investigated

In the area of ​​three kilometers around the infected holding in Oldekerk are two other companies. These companies are sampled and tested for avian influenza Wageningen Bioveterinary Research.

Movement ban zone 10 km

Schouten Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) has immediately announced a ban on transporting poultry farms in a zone of 10 kilometers around the company Oldekerk. A movement ban applies to poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding.
All existing national measures, such as the indoor confinement, remain unimpaired.

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