news item | 10-30-2021 | 13:03
In Grouchermer (Alkmaar municipality, North Holland province) avian influenza (H5) was diagnosed on a poultry farm with broilers. It is likely to be a highly contagious type of bird flu. To prevent the spread of the virus, the company is being excluded. This concerns about 107,000 animals. The certification is carried out by the Dutch Consumer Product and Food Safety Authority (NVWA).
Another poultry farm is located within a radius of one kilometer around the company. This company has been banned and is extensively monitored and investigated for bird flu. Since there was no other commercial poultry farm in the 10 km area around the affected farm (and the adjacent farm) in Grouchermer, it was decided not to preemptive evacuation, but to prevent and monitor this farm.
Prohibition of transportation for large fencing
The ban on transportation for poultry farms has been announced with immediate effect in an area of 10 km around the company in Grouchermer. The transfer ban applies to all birds, hatching eggs and table eggs from a site with birds. The ban also applies to poultry manure, used litter and other animals and animal products from poultry farms.
Update at 19:00
In the context of pollution at the company in Grouchermer, an investigation of missing high-risk contacts is being carried out, as is customary. In these investigations, NVWA examines whether “risky communication” has occurred between the infected company and other sites. For example, when a visitor visited an infected company, and then visited another company. If necessary, additional measures will be taken in response to the results of the investigation.
As a result of a bird flu infection at a company earlier this week, a national obligation to maintain screening and screening was introduced. This will remain in full force. The reservation obligation applies to commercially bred birds, which are brought indoors. The screening obligation applies to high-risk birds kept for non-commercial purposes (fowl/chickens, waterfowl and fowl), for example in zoos, zoos, and bird and chicken owners. Birds should be prevented as far as possible from contacting sick wild birds or their droppings. This can be done, for example, by keeping animals in a cage. On the website More information can be found from NVWA on the best way to do this. A ban was also imposed on displaying poultry, waterfowl and birds.
Breeders of laying hens, livestock and broiler chickens are still subject to a stricter reporting obligation. In this context, poultry farmers should report the loss of their poultry to NVWA early, so that infection with avian influenza can emerge earlier and reduce the chance of spread.
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