Holland culls 200,000 chickens to prevent a major disaster


Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said that the Dutch authorities slaughtered nearly 200,000 chickens after a contagious strain of bird flu appeared on at least two poultry farms to prevent a bigger disaster.

Health workers killed 100,000 chickens on the Hekendorp farm in the western Netherlands and 90,000 chickens on a farm in Witmarsum in the northern Friesland region. In both farms, authorities suspected a highly contagious strain of the H5 variant.

The ministry said that there is no other poultry farm within a one-kilometer radius of the farms that have now been disinfected to prevent the spread of the disease.

Bird flu, which is mainly spread by migratory birds, has been detected on several Dutch farms since last October and the mass slaughter comes this week after the authorities imposed preventive containment measures inside the buildings of all commercial poultry farms as of October 23, after the discovery of two dead swans. They were carrying a highly contagious form of H5N8 bird flu.

And in France, a recent case of bird flu was discovered last Thursday in a pet store in Yvelines near Paris, three days after the first outbreak of bird flu was announced in the Haute-Corse county. Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom have also been affected.

In rare cases, the disease can affect humans with symptoms such as high temperature, muscle pain, headache, and coughing, it can be transmitted through contact with infected birds or eating uncooked poultry, and some people also feel nausea, or have vomiting or diarrhea, and sometimes, it does not indicate The disease is only a minor eye infection known as conjunctivitis.

Although bird flu can kill over 50% of people who are infected with it, the number of deaths is still low because of a few people contracting the disease. The World Health Organization has recorded fewer than 500 bird flu deaths since 1997.

And you must see a doctor immediately if you develop a fever, cough, and body aches and have recently traveled to an area of the world where bird flu is located, and be sure to tell your doctor if you visit any farms or open markets.

Source: RA2EJ

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