Bird flu detected at a poultry farm in Boven-Leeuwen

Published on
December 20, 2016

Bird flu (H5 virus) has been detected at a poultry farm with laying hens in the Dutch village of Boven-Leeuwen (West Maas en Waal Municipality in the province of Gelderland). The farm's approximately 48,000 chickens have been culled in order to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, the poultry from another farm (approximately 244,000 chickens) will be preventively culled because it lies within a one-kilometre radius of the contaminated farm in Boven-Leeuwen. The culls will be carried out by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Six other poultry farms are located within a three-kilometre radius of the affected farm in Boven-Leeuwen. Samples will be collected from
these poultry farms for bird flu testing. Mr Van Dam, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, immediately announced a ban on poultry transportation within a ten-kilometre radius of the farm in Boven-Leeuwen. The transportation bans apply to poultry, eggs, poultry manure, and used litter. All existing national measures will remain in full force.

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) will perform virus-typing to identify the strain of H5 bird flu virus.

    Summary of bird flu outbreak in autumn 2016
    Date Locations with bird flu detections Other farms within a one-kilometre radius
    Nov 26 2016 Poultry farm in Biddinghuizen, with three locations in Hierden and one in Ermelo – a total of 180,000 ducks raised for meat One other farm – 21,000 broilers
    Dec 1 2016 Poultry farm in Biddinghuizen – 8,500 ducks raised for meat n/a
    Dec 1 2016 Poultry farm in Biddinghuizen – 15,400 ducks raised for meat n/a
    Dec 13 2016 Poultry farm in Abbega – 63,000 laying hens n/a
    Dec 16 2016 Poultry farm in Kamperveen – 14,000 ducks raised for meat One other farm – 40,000 broilers
    Dec 18 2016 Poultry farm in Hiaure – 28,500 laying hens n/a
    Dec 19 2016 Poultry farm in Boven-Leeuwen – 48,000 chickens Three other farms – 244,000 chickens