Bird flu has been diagnosed at a farm with 100,000 laying hens in Puiflijk, Gelderland. It is probably a highly pathogenic variant. There is one other company within a radius of 1 kilometer around the company.
To prevent the virus from spreading, the infected company in the municipality of Druten and the company located within the 1 kilometer area will be cleared. That company has 115,000 rearing hens. The culls are carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
The infected farm in Puiflijk is located in the 3 kilometer zone of the poultry farm in Altforst where bird flu was diagnosed last week. A 3 kilometer zone and a 10 kilometer zone will also be established around this new company. Because this second infected farm is close to the first farm, the 3- and 10-kilometer zones largely overlap.
Sampled and examined
In the area of 3 kilometers around the infected farm in Puiflijk, there are six other poultry farms, including the previously cleared farm. The other farms in this area are sampled and examined for bird flu. There are 24 poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone around this company. The transport ban applies to this zone.
All current national measures, such as the obligation to house commercially kept poultry, will remain in full force. The existing hygiene protocol for visitors to visit commercial poultry farms is being expanded. This means, among other things, that visitors are only allowed to enter the stable or yard after having taken strict hygiene measures.
Furthermore, measures for zoos, children’s farms and owners of hobby birds will be tightened. They are obliged to shield their poultry and waterfowl, so that these animals do not come into contact with wild waterfowl and their excrement. Zoos and petting zoos can be visited.
Several dead birds have been found in the north of the Netherlands. These birds are sent and examined. The advice is not to pick up dead birds yourself, but to report this to the Dutch Wildlife Health Center or the NVWA. Every week the NVWA places an update on the website where dead wild birds are found that are infected with the virus.
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