Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Netherlands: HPAI (H5) in laying hens at poultry farm Zeewolde

27 October, 2021

As of 26 October 2021 at 12:00 pm, Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality will introduce a compulsory indoor confinement for all companies that keep commercial poultry. The measure was taken in response to a finding of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in laying hens on an organic poultry farm in Zeewolde (Flevoland).
To prevent the virus from spreading, the infected farm in Zeewolde with approximately 36,000 animals is being culled by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). 
In view of the outbreak in Zeewolde, increasing finds of dead wild birds in the north of the Netherlands and infected wild birds in Germany, Minister Schouten is introducing a national obligation to cage poultry for commercially kept poultry. This is done to reduce the risk of the bird flu virus being introduced from wild birds to companies in the Netherlands.