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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Dutch Poultry Farm Exposed to H5N2 Bird Flu
NETHERLANDS - Dr Christianne Bruschke, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs has reported an outbreak of pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in Zeeland.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Dutch Poultry Forced Indoors as Bird Flu Spreads Around Europe
NETHERLANDS - The Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Martijn van Dam, has ordered poultry companies to keep birds indoors due to the threat of avian influenza.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Low Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - A new outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the Netherlands.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Thousands of Birds Destroyed After Low Path Bird Flu Hits Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - An outbreak of H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Hiaure, Friesland region in the Netherlands.
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Monday, July 06, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Netherlands Avian Flu Resulted from Four Separate Introductions
NETHERLANDS - The outbreaks of avian flu in the Netherlands in 2014 were caused by four separate introductions and one between-poultry transmission, according to new research published in Eurosurveillance.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Netherlands to save US after bird flu outbreak by sending egg products
With an increasing egg shortage due to the widespread bird flu outbreak, the United States will soon allow imported egg products from the Netherlands to be used for commercial baking and in processed foods.
http://www.theguardian.com/
Friday, May 08, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Wind-Mediated Spread of Low-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus
THE NETHERLANDS - Researchers, led by Marcel Jonges at the Dutch Centre for Infectious Disease Control, have modelled the spread of avian flu viruses in the wind from infected poultry farms.
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Friday, May 01, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News The Netherlands Declared Free from High-path Avian Flu
THE NETHERLANDS - On 29 April 2015, the Dutch veterinary authority reported to OIE that all previous measures have been lifted and that the event is closed.
The definitive cleansing and disinfection were carried out for outbreak Hekendorp on 29 December 2014, for outbreak Ter Aar on 29 January 2015, for outbreak Kamperveen 1 on 5 January 2015, for outbreak Kamperveen 2 on 29 December 2014 and for outbreak Zoeterwoude on 13 January 2015. According to Article 10.4.3. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2014), Netherlands officially declares having regained its high pathogenicity avian influenza-free status as of 29 April 2015.
OIE
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Restrictions Lifted in the Netherlands
THE NETHERLANDS - Follow-up Report No.1 dated 27 April from the Dutch veterinary authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports no new outbreaks of H7N7 low-pathogenic avian influenza. Final cleansing and disinfection were completed on 16 April 2015, and the measures in the 1-km surveillance zone have been lifted. There was a single outbreak of the disease at Barneveld in the province of Gelderland on 11 March.
OIE
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News H5N2 Avian Flu Confirmed in Dutch Layer Flock
THE NETHERLANDS - The low-pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in a free-range layer flock last week has been identified as the H5N2 subtype.
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Monday, April 06, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Low-path Bird Flu in Dutch Poultry Flock
THE NETHERLANDS - Low-pathogenic H5 avian flu has been detected in a flock of 12,000 free-range poultry in North Brabant (Noord Brabant)
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Friday, March 27, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Netherlands Reports Bird Flu in Friesland Poultry
THE NETHERLANDS - Movement restrictions have been imposed following the detection of what is thought to be an H7 low-pathogenic avian influenza virus in a free-range layer flock in the north-west of the country.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Barneveld Poultry Farms Test Negative for Bird Flu
THE NETHERLANDS - None of the farms neighbouring the Barneveld poultry unit where low-pathogenic avian flu was confirmed last week has tested positive for the virus.
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Low-pathogenic Bird Flu Outbreak in Dutch Layer Flock
THE NETHERLANDS - The low-pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza virus has been confirmed as the cause of an outbreak of disease in a 30,000-bird free-range layer flock in Gelderland in the central east of the country.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Restrictions Lifted in the Netherlands
THE NETHERLANDS - Final cleansing and disinfection were carried out for the outbreak at Hekendorp on 29 December 2014, Ter Aar on 29 January 2015, Kamperveen 1 on 5 January 2015, Kamperveen 2 on 29 December 2014 and Zoeterwoude on 13 January 2015. The measures in the 10-km surveillance zones have been lifted.
The most recent disease outbreak in the country was in Zoeterwoude on 29 November 2014.
OIE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Dutch Relax Bird Flu Control Measures
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture has announced that measures introduced earlier to reduce the spread of H5N8 avian flu in poultry are being relaxed.
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Monday, December 08, 2014
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Two Outbreaks of Bird Flu Confirmed in the Netherlands
THE NETHERLANDS - A report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) confirms the two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, strain H5N8 in Kamperveen and Zoeterwoude.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Customised Approach to Tackle Bird Flu in Netherlands
THE NETHERLANDS - State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma, has informed parliament about a new custom package of measures to combat avian influenza in the country.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Dutch Establish Poultry Transport Corridor for Bird Flu Biosecurity
THE NETHERLANDS - As the fourth poultry farm has been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Dutch agriculture secretary has set up a 'safety corridor' to transport chickens from South Netherlands (Zuid-Nederland).
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Monday, November 24, 2014
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Flu Virus Hits Third Dutch Poultry Farm
THE NETHERLANDS - A new outbreak of avian flu occurred at a farm of breeding poultry at Kamperveen in Overijssel on 21 November. Around 500 of the 10,000-bird flock died; the rest have been destroyed.
A 10-km surveillance zone has been established around the outbreak. It covers 26 other premises, all of which will be screened.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

Diagnosis
How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:
Biosecurity

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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