Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Dutch government destroyed as many as 190 thousand chickens. This policy was taken after the discovery of a highly contagious bird flu outbreak that hit two poultry farms in the country.
Health workers slaughter about 100,000 chickens at a poultry farm in Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks are culled in Witmarsum, north of Friesland.
“In both cases a highly contagious variant of the H5 was found under suspicion,” the ministry official said in a statement as written AFP, Sunday (22/11/2020).
However, he confirmed that there were no other poultry farms within a one kilometer radius of the bird flu outbreak.
“Both farms were cleared to prevent further spread of disease,” he said.
Seasonal bird flu has been detected on various farms around the Netherlands since October, mainly caused by migratory birds.
Previously, Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten on October 23 imposed a preventive indoor containment policy on all commercial poultry farms after two dead geese were found to be carrying the highly contagious strain of H5N8 avian flu.
This step was taken by the Netherlands in preventing the wider spread of the bird flu virus. At the same time, the government is battling the second wave of Covid-19 which continues to infect around 6,000 people every day.
This is not the only time the Netherlands has destroyed poultry, previously on November 5, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture destroyed 200 thousand chickens after a case of pathogenic bird flu was found on a farm in the eastern city of Puiflijk.