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.
On the customised approach to bird flu, which is due to come into effect tomorrow, 4 December, Ms Dijksma said: "We are doing everything possible to combat the spread of bird flu in the Netherlands. In addition, I rely increasingly on the latest data and expert opinions. For the industry, this means that a number of drastic measures remains in force. But where possible we use for customising."
The recent discovery of the highly pathogenic avian flu virus in two wigeon (wild birds) is an indication that the bird flu through this wild ducks came to the Netherlands, she said. Furthermore, experts conclude that in all regions, the virus is likely to be in the environment.
The measures in the 10-km surveillance zone around the infected farms remain in force. Also in the west of the Netherlands (region A; regional map), where most infections have been found, there will remain a total ban on movements of poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding. Hunting will also continue to be prohibited.
For the other regions, the new measures will allow the repopulation of poultry farms and the ban on hunting will be lifted. However, tight biosecurity measures are to remain in place on farms, particularly regarding visitors, and a high level of observation of flocks for signs of disease. Poultry transport vehicles must be thoroughly washed and disinfected between each visit to a poultry farm.
Following the most recent outbreak of avian flu at the farm in Zoeterwoude in South Holland, no bird flu virus has been detected at the companies in the 10-kilometre surveillance zone around it.
You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.
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