Dutch introduce controls to ward off avian flu

19th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has ordered owners of hobby poultry in certain risk areas of the Netherlands to keep their animals apart from wild birds and their droppings. The regulation comes into effect on Monday.

19 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has ordered owners of hobby poultry in certain risk areas of the Netherlands to keep their animals apart from wild birds and their droppings. The regulation comes into effect on Monday.

Veerman made the order in a bid to prevent an outbreak of the avian flu in the Netherlands. Risk areas have been defined as a kilometre radius around  places where wild birds forage or water birds rest.

Bird flu has already been detected in Romania, Turkey and Greece. A strain of the virus that is potentially dangerous to humans has been discovered in Romania.

The regulations announced by Veerman will require owners of hobby poultry to keep the birds indoors or in a shelter with walls or nets.

Similar regulations are already in place for commercial poultry farms in risk areas. Hobby poultry in built-up districts in risk zones are exempt from the rules.

The minister also ordered that all transports of live poultry or hatching eggs must be disinfected on return from countries outside the EU where the avian flu has been detected.

This is to prevent the lorries bringing the virus into the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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