Netherlands kills 77,000 chickens after bird flu case at farm



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Chickens must remain inside in the Netherl, October 26, 2021, photo: Robin Utrecht/ via Reuters

The Netherlands killed around 77,000 chickens on a farm in Putten where cases of bird flu were detected, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.

Even though all birds are in lockdown in the Netherlands, the country reported more than 20 cases of bird flu this year. So far, more than a million chickens have been killed and their bodies destroyed after bird flu outbreaks in the Netherlands.

At the beginning of February, Dutch authorities killed 168,000 chickens after discovering the highly-contagious H5N1 strain of bird flu.

At the end of January, 216,000 baby chickens were killed at a farm in Grootschermer and one in Willemstad.

At the beginning of January, the government ordered to kill 411,000 chickens at three farms where bird flu was detected.

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