Since noon, the whole country has been subject to a poultry holding obligation after bird flu was detected at an organic poultry farm in Zeewold. It is highly pathogenic bird flu (H5) according to the Ministry of Agriculture. To prevent further contamination, the farm is disposing of approximately 36,000 animals.
The livestock obligation applies to all companies that keep commercial poultry. Demissionary Minister Schouten decided on the measure because of the risk of a larger outbreak in Zeewolde, but also because more and more dead wild birds are found in the north of the Netherlands. Infected wild birds are also reported in Germany.
Keeping poultry in doors reduces the risk of wild bird virus passing to farm poultry. Zoos, petting farms and hobby bird and hens holders should best protect their animals from wild birds and their bird droppings.
Ban on Transport
In the area of 3 kilometres around the Zeewolde farm where bird flu has been detected, there are six more poultry farms. They are also being investigated. For a 10-kilometre area around the organic company, the minister has imposed a ban on transport. This means that poultry should not be transported, but also eggs, manure and used litter must not be moved.