In Zoeterwoude in a chicken farm with around 28,000 bird flu (avian influenza, AI) had been established. This company has no outdoor access. The affected chickens are to be culled Sunday, according to a Ministerie van Economische Zaken release Sunday (computer translated).


This is based on European rules. Depopulation is by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

This infection is an H5 strain of bird flu. It is not yet clear whether it is a low pathogenic or highly pathogenic variant. Further analysis by the CVI should reveal this. It is expected that the results of this analysis are available tomorrow.

Surrounding the company in Zoeterwoude establishes a 10 mile area. Within this area are four other poultry farms. These companies are sampled and tested for avian influenza.

No H5 bird flu found in duck farms.

Meanwhile, the investigation into all duck farms was completed in the Netherlands. There is no bird flu virus of the H5 type found on these premises.