News item | 29-09-2022 | 23:38

    Bird flu was diagnosed on a poultry farm in Zuidwolde (municipality of Het Hogeland, province of Groningen). It is probably a highly pathogenic variant. To prevent the virus from spreading, the approximately 28,000 broilers at the location are culled by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

    There are no other poultry farms in the 1-kilometre zone around the infected farm.

    There are 2 other poultry farms in the 3-kilometre zone around the infected farm. These companies will be screened for bird flu.

    There are 9 other poultry farms in the 10-kilometre zone around the infected farm. In this area there is now a confinement obligation, a screening obligation, and a transport ban.

    National measures

    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, rules apply to hunting. For example, in this area it is prohibited to hunt ducks or to hunt in areas where this could disturb waterfowl. Where exactly this is can be seen on the animal disease viewer of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

    Traceability Investigation

    As usual, in the context of the contamination at this location, a tracing investigation is carried out 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 via an update in this press release and via the online channels of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV).