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Worst bird flu outbreak in Europe: More than 200,000 chickens culled in the Netherlands

Updated Jan 24, 2022
More than 200,000 chickens were culled from two separate poultry farms in the Netherlands due to the worst avian flu epidemic ever seen in Europe. In the first week of January, 190,000 chickens were killed in farms with bird flu. According to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, a dangerous and highly contagious strain of bird flu has been detected on farms.
According to the Friedrich Loeffler Institute of Germany's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Europe is battling its worst avian flu epidemic yet. The epidemic, which is seen on the whole continent from Finland to the Faroe Islands, from Russia to Ireland and Portugal, makes itself felt in the Netherlands, where poultry farming is most common. Although cages have been made mandatory for all poultry farms since the end of October, a large number of chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigeons, swans and other poultry species have been infected with bird flu in the Netherlands. Recently, 170,000 chickens were culled after bird flu was diagnosed in a poultry farm in the town of Grootshermer in the north of the country. In a farm in the town of Willemstad in the province of North Brabant, 46,000 chickens were killed under the supervision of the official authorities. In the provinces of North Holland and North Brabant, an investigation into the outbreak has also been initiated ...
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