Dutch ducks checked for bird flu

15th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2007, LONDON – A Dutch transport of day-old duck chicks has been stopped and is being investigated because the truck may have brought bird flu to a farm in eastern England.

15 November 2007

LONDON – A Dutch transport of day-old duck chicks has been stopped and is being investigated because the truck may have brought bird flu to a farm in eastern England.

The Dutch transport company reportedly made regular shipments to the farm in Suffolk, the British newspaper The Times reports on Thursday.

The investigation focuses primarily on the truck and the driver of the transport. Authorities suspect there may have been some connection with the bird flu outbreaks in Germany and the Czech republic. The same dangerous strain of the flu – H5N1 – was found in these countries and at the farm in Suffolk.

Thousands of turkeys have been culled at the farm near the town of Diss and a security zone has been set up around the location.

The H5N1 strain of the virus has claimed more than 200 human lives worldwide since 2003, especially in Asia. Millions of animals have died of the disease or culled as a precaution.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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