Bird flu detected on 2 laying farms in Lunteren | news

News feature | 20-04-2022 | 07:00

In Lunteren (province of Gelderland), bird flu H5 was diagnosed on 2 poultry farms with laying hens. It is probably a highly pathogenic variant. To prevent the virus from spreading, the approximately 280,000 chickens on the infected farms are killed.

There are 5 other poultry farms in the 1 kilometer zone around infected farms. These companies are removed as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread to the surrounding companies. These companies are located in a poultry-dense area. If preventive slaughter is not carried out, the pollution can quickly spread to surrounding businesses in this area. The approvals are carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA).

Within the 3-kilometer zone are 52 other poultry farms selected by NVWA for bird flu research. In addition, these companies will be closely monitored over the next 14 days for symptoms of disease that may indicate bird flu. Some of the companies in the 3-kilometer zone have already been included in the sampling and monitoring after the pollution in Barneveld on 15 April 2022.

There are also 232 other poultry holdings in the 10-kilometer zone. The transport ban applies to this zone with immediate effect. A large part of these companies are located in the zone where a transport ban was previously announced after the infections in Lunteren on 12 April 2022 and Barneveld on 15 April 2022.

Transport ban

There is a transport ban for all birds as well as hatching and drinking 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.

Since the contamination of a poultry farm in Voorthuizen on 19 April 2022, a transport ban for endangered birds in region 7 Gelderse Vallei Noord (see RVO Animal Disease Viewer for that region) has also been in place, as well as a transport ban for endangered birds for region 10 Gelderse Vallei South. was already introduced after the infection in Barneveld on 15 April 2022. Under strict conditions, an exemption from the transport ban for at-risk birds in region 7 and region 10 applies to transport for slaughter and transport of day-old chickens.

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

Advice Expert group Animal diseases

With the pollution of the laying companies in Lunteren, there are now 5 infected in this region in 2 weeks. While infections until now were probably caused by pollution from wild waterfowl, the question is how these recent infections in the Gelderland Valley arose. This is a poultry-dense area where relatively few waterfowl live. Minister Staghouwer has therefore asked the Expert Group Animal Diseases to explain the situation and whether there is a possibility of further measures to limit further spread.

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). For non-commercially farmed high-risk birds (birds / chickens, (ornamental) waterfowl and ostriches), e.g. in zoos, pets and owners of birds and chickens, and for commercially bred pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ostriches the duty of protection applies. 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.

Traceability test

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

Correction 09-05-2022: Instead of five companies in the 1 kilometer zone, one company in the 1 kilometer zone has been removed as a preventive measure.

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