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The Netherlands confirms avian influenza outbreak in Lutjegast

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) confirmed another outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands on Monday. Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was found in laying hens at a poultry farm in Lutjegast. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) culled all 48,000 animals at the site to prevent the virus from spreading.
calendar icon 11 November 2021
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WBVR will investigate the genetic composition of the virus and links to viruses found since October 2021 in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government has asked the animal disease expert group for a new risk assessment in response to the recent infections.

The Dutch government set a housing obligation in place for all commercial poultry farmers in the country following the first outbreak in Zeewolde on 26 October. Zoos, petting zoos and hobby farmers are required to fence off their poultry and waterfowl to prevent contact between these birds and diseased wild birds or their droppings.

A nationwide ban applies to exhibiting poultry and waterfowl and visits to bird accommodation where at-risk birds are kept.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.