Additional measures for avian influenza

The Minister for Agriculture , Martijn van Dam, is implementing additional measures to prevent the spread of avian influenza and limit the risk of infection in poultry establishments. From today, enhanced visitors’ regulations will apply to poultry establishments. This means that outsiders are not allowed to visit the barns, with the exception of a veterinarian, for instance. In addition, petting zoos, zoos and keepers of hobby birds must ensure that visitors do not come into contact with the birds that are being kept.

Furthermore, the Minister has instituted a prohibition on exhibiting ornamental poultry and waterfowl. Hunting waterfowl is also prohibited, as are hunting activities that disturb waterfowl.

The additional measures are being implemented as a precaution following outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza in poultry establishments in Hungary, Germany and Austria. The countries affected have implemented measures such as culling the birds and the institution of a transport prohibition. Analysis by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit) has revealed there has been no high-risk transport from these regions to the Netherlands.

H5N8 avian influenza has been detected in a number of waterfowl in the Plaswijckpark recreational park in Rotterdam. These birds have now been destroyed. Up until now, the other birds in this park have not exhibited any symptoms of avian influenza and are being kept indoors. The health of these birds is being monitored. The animal section of the park is closed to the public.