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Dutch cull 190,000 chickens after bird flu outbreaks

Christian Fernsby |
Dutch authorities have culled some 190,000 chickens after a highly contagious strain of bird flu broke out at at least two poultry farms, the agriculture ministry said.

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Health workers slaughtered around 100,000 hens at a poultry farm at Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks were culled at Witmarsum, in northern Friesland.

In both cases “a highly-contagious strain of the H5 variant” was suspected, the ministry said in a statement.

There were no other poultry farms within a one kilometre radius of the outbreaks, it added.

“Both farms were cleared to prevent further spread of the disease,” the ministry said.

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