Dutch Bird Flu Outbreak Caused by H5N2 Virus

20 March 2012, at 1:06am

THE NETHERLANDS - The cause of the latest outbreak of low–pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been identified as the H5N2 subtype.

The veterinary authority of the Netherlands sent an Immediate Notification dated 19 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It is reported as a sub–clinical infection of LPAI and the presence of the H5N2 sub-type of the virus has been confirmed.

Two hundred turkeys in a flock in Limburg province in the south-east of the country were found to be affected. The whole flock of 44,500 birds has bee destroyed.

All commercial poultry holdings will be screened in a three-kilometre zone around the index farm.

Possible sources of infection are not mentioned in the report.

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