Bird flu adds to woes of Dutch poul­try farm­ers

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The hague: Dutch poul­try farm­ers, al­ready left reel­ing by a con­tam­i­nated egg scan­dal, were in a new flap over an out­break of bird flu with thou­sands of hens to be de­stroyed.

“An out­break of a vari­ant of H5 bird flu has been de­tected in a poul­try farm in Zee­land prov­ince,” Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Henk Kamp said.

All 42,000 egg-lay­ing hens in the south­ern Nether­lands farm will have to be culled “to stop the disease spread­ing” in ac­cor­dance with Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions, he added in a state­ment.

The min­istry also or­dered an im­me­di­ate ban on the trans­porta­tion of poul­try, eggs, meat and ma­nure within a one kilo­me­tre zone around the farm lo­cated in the vil­lage of Sint Philip­s­land. — AFP

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