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Bird flu discovered at second Dutch farm

Iran Press TV

Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:43PM GMT

A second case of bird flu has been detected at a chicken farm in the Netherlands, Dutch authorities say.

The latest outbreak of avian influenza was found on Thursday in three barns containing 43,000 chickens at the farm in the village of Ter Aar in South Holland Province, the Dutch food and safety watchdog, NVWA, said.

All the chickens kept at the farm are reportedly expected to be slaughtered.

In a letter sent to the parliament on the same day, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs said the infection was of the H5 strain, but 'it is not clear whether it was of the highly pathogenic variety or not."

A three-day nationwide ban on transporting poultry was also extended in the affected area, according to a government statement.

The farm was located 25 kilometers from another Dutch poultry farm in the central village of Hekendorp, where its 150,000 chickens were destroyed earlier this week following a bird flu infection which was identified to be of the H5N8 strain.

Earlier in March, about 10,000 chickens were destroyed after the discovery of bird flu at a farm in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.

Previous outbreaks of aviation influenza across a number of European and Asian countries have proven highly contagious.

Earlier this month, Germany detected cases of the H5N8 bird flu strain, which had never been reported in Europe. Russia also reported in September the first cases of the H5N1 strain in almost two years.

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