Wageningen University: Bird flu at Dutch poultry farms in 2020/2021

The infected greylag goose came from a hobby farm, where 6 young geese died. The remaining 13 adult geese were not sick and were sampled by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). In these samples, no avian influenza virus was detected by WBVR. These geese will be sampled again soon.

This shows that the H5N8 bird flu virus is still present in the Netherlands. It is important to remain alert for symptoms of bird flu in wild birds, and to report dead wild birds to the NVWA. For poultry farmers, a good biosecurity status and alertness to possible infections remain of great importance.

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