The Netherlands intends to cull more than 200,000 chickens.. What is the reason?

27 September, 2022
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The Netherlands intends to cull more than 200,000 chickens.. What is the reason?

The Dutch government said it plans to cull about 201,000 chickens on a farm in the northern city of Emmen after the discovery of a highly contagious strain of bird flu.

The Netherlands has detected 12 cases of the highly deadly form of bird flu this month, after discovering dozens of cases earlier this year.

Cases have resurfaced in France, which suffered its worst ever wave of bird flu earlier this year.

The spread of bird flu around the world has alarmed governments and poultry industry officials because of its ability to destroy populations of birds and cause trade restrictions, as well as the risk of transmission to humans. The risks to humans are considered low, but previous outbreaks of farm birds required large-scale culling programs to contain the outbreak.

It is noteworthy that the World Organization for Animal Health had announced a few days ago that Belgium had detected an outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) in a poultry farm near the border with the Netherlands.

The organization based in Paris quoted the information issued by the Belgian authorities that the disease broke out on a farm in Saint-Lauren in the eastern province of Flanders. The farm housed 29,919 birds, but no details were released on the number of birds infected or slaughtered as a result of the outbreak.

In the context, the organization said that this is the first case of an outbreak detected in Belgium since late April.

France, Belgium's southern neighbor, has seen a resurgence of cases after it was hit by the worst wave of bird flu ever earlier this year.


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