October 6, 2022

 

102,000 chickens to be culled in the Netherlands due to bird flu

 

 

The Dutch government has announced a cull of about 102,000 chickens at a farm in the northern city of Kiel-Windeweer after a highly infectious strain of bird flu was detected there, The Straits Times reported.

 

The Netherlands has reported about 15 cases of bird flu in the past month, with dozens of cases earlier this year. Just recently, 201,000 chickens were culled at a farm in Emmen city, Drenthe province.

 

Governments and the poultry industry are worried about the spread of bird flu due to its potential to decimate flocks, cause trade restrictions, and potential for human transmission.

 

Although there is little risk to humans, previous outbreaks among farm birds have required extensive culling programmes to contain them.

 

After experiencing its worst-ever bird flu wave earlier this year, France has also seen a resurgence in cases.

 

-      The Straits Times

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