Bird flu found on farm in Lunteren | news

News feature | 28-04-2022 | 20:28

In Lunteren (province of Gelderland), bird flu H5 was diagnosed on a poultry farm with laying hens, which is probably a highly pathogenic variant. To prevent the virus from spreading, the approximately 50,000 animals on the infected farm are slaughtered by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Five poultry farms are located in the 1 kilometer zone around the infected farm, three of which are vacant. The other two companies are removed as a precaution to prevent the virus from spreading to surrounding companies. The companies are located in a poultry-dense area. If preventive slaughter is not carried out, the pollution in this area can quickly spread to surrounding businesses.

There are 37 other poultry farms within the 3 kilometer zone, which are screened for bird flu by NVWA. In addition, these companies will be monitored intensively over the next 14 days for signals that may indicate bird flu. A number of companies in the 3-kilometer zone have already been involved in the screening and monitoring for other infections in the area.

There are 196 other poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone; the transport ban applies immediately to this zone. A large proportion of these companies are located in zones for which a transport ban was previously announced, following the infections in Voorthuizen, Lunteren and Barneveld.

Transport ban

Transport bans apply to all birds and hatching and table eggs from a place with birds. The ban also applies to bird manure and spent waste as well as other animals and animal products from poultry farms.

Because the infected company is located in a poultry-dense area – and to minimize the risk of further spread – there is also a transport ban for high-risk birds in the region 7 Gelderse Vallei Noord (see RVO Animal Disease Viewer for that region). In addition, the transport ban for high-risk birds for region 10 Gelderse Vallei Zuid, which was already introduced after the pollution in Barneveld on 15 April 2022. There is an exception from the transport ban for high-risk birds in region 7 and region 10, i.a. under strict conditions, for transport for slaughter and transport of day-old chickens.

In addition, hunting rules apply, for example, it is forbidden in this area to hunt ducks or to hunt in areas where this can disturb waterfowl.

National measures

National measures still apply, such as a ban on visiting bird sanctuaries for at-risk birds, unless absolutely necessary. Birds at risk include kept galline-like birds (such as chickens), waterfowl, and ostriches.

The national confinement and screening obligation is also still in full force. The containment obligation applies to professionally kept birds, these are brought indoors (except pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ostriches). The protection obligation applies to non-commercial high-risk birds (birds / chickens, (ornamental) waterfowl and ostriches), eg in zoos, kindergartens and owners of birds and chickens, as well as professionally kept pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ostriches. More information on how this can best be done can be found on NVWA’s website. Prohibition of the display of poultry, waterfowl and ostriches has also been introduced.

Trace investigation

As usual, in connection with the pollution at the site in Lunteren, a tracking investigation of high-risk contacts is carried out. If necessary, additional measures will be taken in response to the results of the study. Any further action will be reported in an update in this press release and via the online channels of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Correction 29-04-2022: Instead of two companies in the 1-kilometer zone, three companies in the 1-kilometer zone are still being killed as a precautionary measure. One of the three companies turned out not to be completely empty.

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