Dutch slaughter 190,000 chickens following highly-contagious hen flu break-out at poultry farms

The Netherlands has carried out a mass culling of chickens, after at the least two poultry farms detected a extremely contagious pressure of hen flu.

Well being staff killed round 100,000 hens at a poultry farm in a village positioned within the Dutch province of Utrecht. A further 90,000 chicks have been culled within the northern a part of the nation. 

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The Dutch agriculture ministry stated in each circumstances “a extremely contagious pressure of the H5 variant” of hen flu was suspected. The 2 farms have since been cleared to proceed operations. 

The culling comes a month after Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten ordered an indoor containment of all animals on business poultry farms, following the invention of two lifeless swans that examined constructive for the equally contagious H5N8 hen flu.

The Dutch are not any strangers to hen flu-related cullings. In November 2016, 190,000 geese have been slaughtered at six farms, following the invention of the virus in a village positioned 70km (43 miles) east of Amsterdam.  

The Avian flu virus normally doesn’t infect folks, however animal to human transmission has been recorded prior to now. Contagious strains of the virus can unfold rapidly amongst hen species, sickening or killing the contaminated animal. 

Like many international locations, the Netherlands has turn out to be extra proactive about potential public well being risks because it struggles to comprise a second wave of coronavirus. The nation reported greater than 6,000 new constructive exams on Saturday. 

Earlier this month, Danish authorities ordered the culling of the nation’s 17 million farmed minks, that are raised for his or her fur, after a mutated model of Covid-19 was discovered to have unfold from the animals to people. Denmark’s agriculture minister resigned over the order, which was initially dominated to be illegal. Nonetheless, the federal government has moved forward with the plans, arguing that it might search authorized grounds for the culling retroactively. 

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