Bird flu in Sint-Oedenrode: more than 130,000 chickens are culled

In Sint-Oedenrode in Brabant, bird flu has been detected at a laying hens farm. It is probably a dangerous (highly pathogenic) variant of avian influenza, reports the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV).

Within a radius of one kilometre around the holding there are two other poultry farms. At the three farms all chickens are slain in order to prevent the spread of the virus. This is done by the Dutch Food and Consumer Protection Authority (NVWA). The infected chicken farm has 35,000 animals, the other two nearly 50,000 and 47,000 animals respectively.

Seven other poultry farms are located in an area of 3 kilometres around the infected holding in Sint-Oedenrode. Samples are taken and examined for avian flu.

In a zone of 10 kilometres around the infected laying hens farm, a transport ban applies immediately. There are another 26 poultry farms in this area. The prohibition does not allow the transport of poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used litter.

There was already a nationwide incarnation obligation for commercially kept poultry and it is still in force.

Holders of laying hens and broilers are subject to a tightened reporting obligation, they have to report earlier to the NVWA of the failure of animals. As a result, infections with avian influenza can be revealed earlier and the risk of spreading is reduced. Zoos, petting farms and owners of hobby birds and chickens must also shield their poultry and waterfowl so that they do not come into contact with wild waterfowl and their droppings.