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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bird flu outbreak at Dutch turkey farm

Via Radio Netherlands Worldwide :

" Bird flu has been detected at a turkey farm in the southern Dutch province of Limburg.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority will proceed to destroy all of the farm’s 42,700 turkeys this very Sunday.

A transport ban for poultry, eggs and poultry dung with a three kilometre radius around the farm has been in force since midnight on Saturday. There are some 25 poultry farms in the area.

Bird flu is an extremely contagious disease that can be transmitted not just to poultry but to other bird species as well. In extremely rare cases humans too can be infected with the virus. Last year there were several bird flu outbreaks across the country, most of them in Gelderland, Zeeland and Flevoland."

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