Mild variant of bird flu found in Deurne
Low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a poultry farm with some 28.000 chickens in Deurne, the Netherlands. This mild version hardly makes birds sick and is not dangerous to humans. It is a variant of H7 and not the H5N1 strain, mainly prevalent in Asia, which is dangerous to humans.
As a precaution, birds on the infected holding will today be culled and risk management measures undertaken within a zone of about 3 km around the infected farm.
Any transport of poultry and live birds, hatching and table eggs, litter and manure is prohibited from, to and within the zone. All poultry should be kept indoors or under cover.
The transport of mammals (including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and horses) is banned as long as such animals originate from poultry-keeping holdings or are destined for such holdings. The use of vehicles intended for the transport of such animals, products or manure is also prohibited.
Fairs, markets, exhibitions and other gatherings involving poultry or other captive birds are prohibited within the zone. Entry restrictions for visitors to commercial poultry plants also apply.
There are 20 other poultry farms within said zone. These farms will be screened during the coming days. In addition, premises which may have had contact during the recent period with the infected farm will be investigated.