News item | 24-02-2022 | 07:00
In Woltersum (province of Groningen) bird flu was diagnosed at an organic rearing laying poultry farm. It is probably a highly pathogenic variant. To prevent the virus from spreading, the approximately 50,000 chickens 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. The poultry farm that was culled on 14 February due to HPAI contamination is located in the 3 kilometer zone around the infected company. There are 17 poultry farms in the 10 kilometer zone. The 10 kilometer restriction zone of the current outbreak partly overlaps with the other 10 kilometer zones that were established for two previous outbreaks and are still in effect.
A transport ban applies to all birds and hatching and table 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.
There are still national measures in place, such as a ban on visiting bird roosts of high-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 house keeping obligation applies to commercially kept birds, these are brought indoors (except pheasants and ratites). A protection obligation applies to 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 commercially kept pheasants, ornamental waterfowl and ratites. 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 Woltersum 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.