Bird flu was found on a poultry farm in Oldekerk (Groningen Province) on Sunday 25 February 2018. Wageningen Bioveterinary Research identified the virus as the highly pathogenic H5N6. To prevent the spread of the virus, a total of approximately 36,000 birds will be culled from the poultry farm. There are no other farms within a radius of one kilometre around the affected farm. The cull will be carried out by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
No bird flu at surrounding farms
There are two more farms within an area three kilometres around the affected farm in Oldekerk. Samples were taken on these farms to test for bird flu by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and bird flu was not found.
Transport ban zone of 10 km
Mrs Schouten, the minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, immediately announced a ban on transporting poultry within a 10-kilometre radius around the Oldekerk farm. The transportation bans applies to poultry, eggs, poultry manure, and used litter.
All existing national measures, including an obligation to keep the birds in enclosures, will remain in full force.