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Citing data submitted by the German ministry of agriculture, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said turkeys were found infected with the H5N8 serotype of the disease on November 4 on a farm in Heinrichswalde. It is the first time that the H5N8 strain, which hit Asia severely, had been notified by a member of the OIE in Europe.
The outbreak was discovered at a farm in Hekendorp, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Amsterdam, with 150,000 egg-laying hens in six poultry houses and no outdoor access, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement today. The highly pathogenic variant of bird flu is type H5N8, state secretary Sharon Dijksma of Economic Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament today.
The case yesterday was identified as a H5 variant and the H5N1 strain that infects humans has been ruled out, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement today. It was discovered at a duck feeding farm near Driffield in East Yorkshire, England.
Avian flu outbreaks in the past two weeks in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany could be linked, according to the head of the World Animal Health Organisation.
Bernard Vallat said that the virus was most often transmitted through wild birds, which could spread it across countries.
Not sure I'm willing to put that to the test, but then again, how would we know?
Contrary to common belief, harmful viruses may be in the minority compared to benign viruses in the human body. It is much harder to identify viruses than it is to identify bacteria, therefore our understanding of benign viruses in the human body is very rudimentary.
They don't create diseases to invent cures for them and then release them to cause panic
Emergency measures, including restrictions on the sale of live poultry, eggs and other poultry products, have been announced by the European Commission in the wake of bird flu outbreaks in Britain and the Netherlands.
The move comes after the H5 strain of the virus was confirmed at a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire and a recent outbreak of H5N8 at a chicken farm in Utrecht.