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Dutch find 3 more bird flu cases
21 Nov 2014 16:04
Dutch officials have detected bird flu on three more farms, but cannot yet say if the strains are a highly contagious variety discovered earlier this week.
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The Dutch economic affairs ministry also confirmed that a second bird flu outbreak, detected yesterday on a farm close to the first case east of The Hague, was the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, previously detected only in Asia.
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Some strains of avian influenza are fatal for chickens, and pose a health threat to humans, who can fall sick after handling infected poultry.
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Dutch authorities have said human infection can only occur following "intense and direct contact" with infected birds.
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The latest outbreak was first reported on a small farm in Kamperveen, around 100km north of the first outbreaks, the economic affairs ministry said in a statement.
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"The bird flu virus has been detected on a farm with around 10,000 chickens," it said.
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Later the ministry added that bird flu symptoms had also been detected on two other farms less than one kilometre from the farm in Kamperveen.
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The birds on all three farms will be destroyed and the farms disinfected, the ministry said, with tests being carried out to establish if the strain is H5N8.
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Dutch officials on Sunday banned the transport of poultry around the Netherlands after the discovery of a highly infectuous strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.
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