Bird flu prevention measures ended

Almost all the measures against bird flu have been lifted. Secretary of State Dijksma said in the Second Chamber that the only measure that remains in effect is that of indoor confinement. That means that the poultry must remain indoors.

There were several cases of avian influenza in the Netherlands since mid-November, but no new cases have been found in the last six weeks. Many of the measures were already eased late last year.

According to veterinary experts, the vast majority of the measures are no longer necessary. For example, trucks that transport eggs or poultry may once again visit more than one company per trip and no longer have to be disinfected after each trip.

The flu is probably transmitted by migratory birds. As those are still in the Netherlands, the indoor confinement measure remains in effect.