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Dutch authorities slaughtered around 190,000 chickens after bird flu found

Christian Fernsby |
Dutch authorities slaughtered around 190,000 chickens after a particularly contagious strain of bird flu appeared on at least two poultry farms, agriculture minister Carola Schouten said on Sunday.

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Health workers killed 100,000 hens on a farm in Hekendorp, not far from Gouda, in the west of the Netherlands, and 90,000 chickens on a farm in Witmarsum, in the northern Friesland region.

In both cases, authorities suspected "a highly contagious strain of the H5 variant”.

No other poultry farm is located within a one-kilometre radius of the farms, which have now been sanitised "to prevent the spread of the disease," the ministry said.

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