Russia bans Dutch poultry, owls probably not infected with H5N1
Russia has imposed an ban on poultry imports from the Netherlands
following an outbreak earlier this month of a mild form of the H7N7 strain of
The ban applies to living poultry, incubated eggs, chicken meat and all other
On 1 August, the Dutch agriculture ministry said that traces of H7N7 bird
flu had been discovered during routine testing at a poultry farm in
Voorthuizen in the central Netherlands but that no animals had fallen sick.
As a precautionary measure 25,000 chickens were culled from Voorthuizen and
In related news, owls found dead at Rotterdam zoo earlier this month were
probably not infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu as initially
suspected, the Dutch agriculture ministry has said.
The deadly virus was suspected when the birds died on August 12 and tests
were carried out. Unlike most of the birds at the zoo in the southern port town,
the owls had not been vaccinated against the bird flu.
"Initial test results show that the owls did not die of H5N1," a ministry
spokeswoman said on Monday.
Definitive results are expected on Friday and security measures implemented
to contain any spread of the virus will only be lifted with the full results are
known, she added.
The Dutch Agriculture Ministry has also ordered farmers to keep their poultry
indoors from 1 September to protect flocks from the threat of avian flu from
"During the forthcoming migration period, there is a risk that migratory
birds can spread bird flu," the ministry said in a statement.
"For this reason all holders of chickens, geese and other birds should keep
Alternatively, farmers can construct an enclosure that would make contact
with wild birds impossible, it said.
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