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Bird flu discovered on Dutch poultry farms

Bird flu was discovered at two poultry farms in the central Dutch province of Flevoland, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

It said the virus discovered was a mild variant. The first farm was discovered last Friday and the 47,000 chickens were slaughtered to prevent the virus turning into a contagious and deadly variant.
 
Yesterday a second farm was found positive. Here also the mild variety was found. The turkey farm with 6,750 birds is located within the restricted area of the first positive farm.
 
It remains uncertain whether the chickens were infected with the high or low pathogene H7 variant. The low pathogene version can mutate into a high pathogen, which is extremely transmittable.
 
Poultry from other farms in a zone of three kilometres of the contaminated farm will be tested. A prohibition of transport for poultry, eggs and poultry manure has been set.
 
 

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