September 22, 2022


Bird flu discovered in poultry farm at Limburg province, Belgium


Belgium's Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said they have detected an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm at Bocholt, in the Belgian province of Limburg, The Brussels Times reported.


Investigations by the FASFC found that the outbreak was the highly pathogenic variant of H5N1 virus.


Around the affected farm, a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone have been established. The entire municipality of Bocholt, as well as portions of Peer, Bree, Hamont-Achel, Kinrooi, Oudsbergen, and Pelt, are included in the surveillance zone.


Within the surveillance zone, all poultry must be confined. A specialised company will cull the chickens at the affected farm in a few days.


Nearby UK said it is coping with its biggest outbreak of bird flu, with 2.8 million poultry and captive birds killed in 2022 so far.


-      The Brussels Times

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