Second case of bird flu discovered
Another case of avian influenza detected on a poultry farm in Ter Aar, Zuid Holland will lead to another three-day nationwide poultry transportation ban. All of the roughly 43,000 egg-laying hens on the farm will be culled, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement Thursday.
"It is not yet clear whether it is a low pathogenic or a highly pathogenic variant" found in Ter Aar, a press release from the Ministry stated. Laboratory results should confirm the strain by the end of tomorrow, Minister Sharon Dijksma said in a letter to Parliament.
Foto-update: Vogelgriep uitgebroken bij pluimveebedrijf in Ter Aar met 43.000 kippen (Foto's Toon van der Poel) pic.twitter.com/fY82w9lsNX
— Alphen Nieuws (@alphendichtbij) November 20, 2014
It is the second case of the H5 strain of bird flu to be detected in the Netherlands in less than a week. Ter Aar is located about twenty kilometers north of Hekendorp where the highly contagious H5N8 variant of the disease was found on a farm.
Roughly 150,000 hens had to be put down in that case.
The transportation ban officially went into effect on Thursday at 2 p.m., and covers poultry, eggs, meat, manure and used bedding from poultry farms, mixed farms and slaughterhouses.
The Netherlands is setting up a ten-kilometer perimeter around the Ter Aar farm, and has begun testing for avian influenza in the four other poultry farms located in the area.
— 112Rijn & Gouweland (@112REG_Melding) November 20, 2014