Avian flu outbreak prompts the Netherlands to destroy 190,000 ducks

Avian flu outbreak prompts the Netherlands to destroy 190,000 ducks

In a desperate bid to prevent avian flu outbreak from spreading further, nearly 190,000 ducks were slaughtered at six farms in the Netherlands on Saturday.

It was the Netherland’s first cull triggered by the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain epidemic that has swept northern Europe. Other countries hit by the epidemic include Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

However, Dutch authorities didn’t say what strain of the Avian virus was found at a poultry farm in the village Biddinghuizen, east of Amsterdam, which prompted authorities to issue orders for destruction of the birds.

The Netherlands, the world’s second-biggest agricultural exporter, has more than one hundred million pigs, hens, cows and sheep on high-intensity farms. The thickness makes these birds and animals more vulnerable to such outbreaks.

Within last two decades, more than 40 million pigs, hens, goats, cows and sheep have been slaughtered and destroyed to contain outbreaks like swine flu, foot-&-mouth and “mad cow” disease.

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