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Third case of AI discovered in the Netherlands

Another poultry farm in the Netherlands has been found infected with avian influenza (AI). This time, a 10,000 head multiplication farm in the eastern province Overijssel was struck.

According the European regulations, all birds on the farm will be culled as soon as possible.

It is the third farm with confirmed avian influenza. Earlier, farms in Hekendorp (Utrecht) and Ter Aar (South Holland) were found to be infected. At the two other farms, the virulent strain H5N8 was confirmed – trials are currently been conducted to establish whether or not this highly pathogenic AI is also the pathogen on the third farm. Analyses should give clarity later today.

Just like with the other two farms, a zone with a 10 km radius around the farm is being made. Within this zone, there are 34 other poultry farms. All these farms will be sampled and researched. In addition, a standstill will be put in place for transport of poultry, eggs, bedding and manure.

The virus, which originally comes from Asia, has also been confirmed in the UK and Germany earlier this month.

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