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Avian influenza detected on a small farm in Assendelft | news item

news item | 2021-11-01 | 21:14

In Assendelft (municipality of Zaanstad, North Holland Province) avian influenza (H5) was diagnosed in laying hens on a small scale farm. It is likely to be a highly contagious type of bird flu. To prevent the spread of the virus, approximately 140 laying hens and 50 runner ducks are culled from the infected site. The certification is carried out by the Dutch Consumer Product and Food Safety Authority (NVWA).

Another poultry farm is located within a radius of 3 km around the company. This company is being investigated for bird flu. There are no other poultry farms within a radius of 10 km around the affected farm.

Prohibition of transport Assendelft

The ban on transportation for poultry farms has been announced with immediate effect in an area of ​​10 km around the company in Assendelft. 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.

national measures

As a result of a bird flu infection at a company last week, a national commitment was put in place to conserve and protect animals. This will remain in full force. The housekeeping obligation applies to commercially bred birds, which are brought indoors (excluding pheasants and birds). The screening obligation applies to high-risk birds kept for non-commercial purposes (birds/chickens, waterfowl and fowl), for example in zoos, zoos and owners of birds and chickens, pheasants and birds kept commercially. 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.

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Breeders of laying hens, livestock, broilers, ducks and ducks are still subject to a stricter reporting obligation. In this context, poultry farmers should report the loss of their poultry to NVWA earlier, so that infection with avian influenza appears earlier and reduce the chance of spread.


In the context of pollution at the company in Assendelft, as usual, an investigation is being conducted to search for high-risk contacts. In these investigations, NVWA examines whether “risky communication” has occurred between the infected company and other sites. Risky contact is, for example, when a visitor goes to an infected company, and then visits another. If necessary, additional measures will be taken in response to the results of the investigation. Any additional measures will be reported in an update in this press release and via the Department of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality’s electronic channels.