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Bird Flu Found on Dutch Poultry Farm

21 March 2013

NETHERLANDS - Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, was detected on an organic poultry farm with 24,000 hens in Zeewolde, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has reported.

It is likely to be a mild H7 version of the virus which has no effect on human health. The chickens on the farm still have to be cleared, in accordance with European rules, because a mild variant can mutate into a highly contagious and deadly variant which kills chickens.

From Tuesday (19 March) afternoon, a transport ban of poultry, eggs and poultry manure has been imposed in a 1 km radius around the farm in Zeewolde, Flevoland province. Within this area, there are no other poultry farms.

A week ago, a mild version of bird flu was also found on a poultry farm in Lochem. It is not yet clear whether both farms have been afflicted by the similar virus.

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