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Authorities killed over 1.9L chickens following an outbreak of bird flu reported

Dutch authorities have killed 1.9L chickens following an outbreak of bird flu reported at least two poultry farms. They have killed around 100,000 hens at a poultry farm at Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks were slaughtered at Witmarsum. A highly contagious strain of the H5 variant” was suspected, the ministry said in a statement.

It is reported as seasonal bird flu at various farms around the Netherlands since October, caused by migratory birds. Authorities have imposed a preventative indoor containment on all commercial poultry farms after two dead swans were detected as affected by a contagious H5N8 variety of bird flu.

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