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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Avian influenza has been detected at a poultry farm at Tzummarum in the province of Friesland. The farm has 22,000 hens in one barn with outdoor access, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The virus is likely to be a mild H7 variant.

Because a low pathogenic (mild) H7 variant can mutate to a highly pathogenic form, the flock will be culled, according to European rules, by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

A ban is in place on the movement of poultry, eggs, poultry litter and used bedding within one kilometre of the affected farm and nearby poultry farms are being tested for the virus.

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