Dutch destroy 63,000 hens thanks to bird flu outbreakStaff Writer | December 14, 2016
Dutch authorities ordered the destruction of 63,000 broiler hens after bird flu was identified at a poultry farm in the northern province of Friesland.
Virus In the northern province of Friesland
Authorities also imposed a ban on transporting all poultry materials, including eggs and straw, within a 10 km radius of the farm. Authorities did not say which of several H5 bird flu strains had struck at the farm.
The world's second-largest agricultural exporter, the Netherlands has one of the world's biggest poultry sectors. Almost a quarter of a million birds have been destroyed in the Netherlands during this year's bird flu season.
France adopted "high risk" measures against bird flu last week after an outbreak of the severe H5N8 virus. ■