News item | 27-02-2022 | 20:58
Bird flu was diagnosed on a turkey farm in Hellum (province of Groningen). It is probably a highly pathogenic variant. To prevent the spread of the virus, the approximately 16,000 turkeys on the farm are culled by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
There are no other poultry farms in the 1 kilometer zone around the infected farm. There are 3 poultry farms in the 3 kilometer zone around the infected company. These companies are sampled for bird flu. There are 19 poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone, including the two recently infected and cleared farms in Woltersum. The 10 kilometer restriction zone of the current outbreak partly overlaps with the other 10 kilometer zones that were established for two previous outbreaks in Woltersum and are still in force (see also: rvo.nl/animal diseases viewer†
The transport ban applies immediately to the 10 kilometer zone, which relates to all birds and breeding and consumption eggs from a location with birds. The ban also applies to bird manure and used litter, and to other animals and animal products from poultry farms. In addition, additional rules apply to hunting, for example in this area it is forbidden to hunt ducks or to hunt in areas where this could disturb waterfowl.
National measures still apply, such as a ban on visiting bird roosts of risk birds, unless absolutely necessary. Birds at risk include kept gallinaceous birds (such as chickens), waterfowl and ratites.
The national confinement and screening obligation is also still in full force. The confinement obligation applies to commercially kept birds, which are brought indoors (except for pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ratites). For non-commercially kept high-risk birds (fowls/chickens, (ornamental) waterfowl and ratites), for example in zoos, petting zoos and owners of birds and chickens, and for commercially kept pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ratites, a shielding obligation applies. on the website of the NVWA you can find more information about how this can best be done. A ban has also been imposed on the display of poultry, waterfowl and ratites.
As usual, in the context of the contamination at the Hellum location, a tracing investigation is being conducted into high-risk contacts. 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 online channels of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.