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1. Spread in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
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May 16th 2003 - Control Problems in The Netherlands
Pet birds:There has been some strong opposition by some private owners of avian species.
Some are reported to have hidden their birds in their bathrooms, or transported them to safety outside of compulsory slaughter zones.
This morning a NL radio program interviewed a lady whose house was forcibly entered and raided by policemen and Ministry of Agriculture officials, who proceeded to confiscate their 3 pet chickens that had been hidden in the bathroom.
Migrant workers:Temporary staff from other countries have been working as clearing teams for poultry farms. Some are alleged to be asylum-seekers working with special permission from the authorities in return for "pocket money". There are reported to be some language problems and lack of familiarity with hygiene standards that may hamper disease control efforts.
May 16th 2003 - New suspected outbreak in Germany
A new suspected outbreak of high pathogenicitiy avian influenza (AI) in Kleve in the NorthWest of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), close to the Dutch border. The poultry flock is very small - only a few hundred birds.
The origin of the virus infection is suspected to be via contact with another farm.
The EU has extended the ban on poultry exports (birds, hatching eggs and fresh unprocessed poultry manure) from NRW for another month. NRW has been given permission to vaccinate zoo birds.
The import ban on live poultry from Germany to the Netherlands is causing economic and livestock welfare (overcrowding) distress for many broiler-producers in Germany who normally send chickens to Dutch slaughterhouses.
May 12th 2003 - EU Influenza Virus Epidemic Update
84.000 birds now preventatively destroyed. Minister Bärbel Höhn, from the state NordRhein Westfalen is requesting EU permission for vaccination of zoo animals. No new suspected cases have been found so far.
2,77 million birds have now been destroyed on 118 farms. Still only 8 outbreaks, affecting two regions in the country.
Agence France Presse report that Pascal Houbaert, spokesman for the AFSCA food safety agency, said on May 11th that Belgian authorities preventatively killed tens of thousands of poultry over the weekend after authorities identified ten farms which may have been infected from Germany. The suspect Belgian farms include four in the French-speaking Wallonia region in the south of Belgium - previous cases were in the North of Belgium.
Netherlands: (Situation on May 9th)
26 million animals (mostly birds) destroyed in total so far. 11 suspected new cases (the number is gradually declining). 250 confirmed cases so far.
To prevent the virus coming back into The Netherlands from Germany, imports of live poultry from Germany to The Netherlands are nowprohibited.
As a result of the complete stand-still during the first 3 weeks of the outbreak in The Netherlands, from now on there are no broilers available from slaughtering and there will be hardly any fresh poultry meat coming onto the Dutch market.
One of the biggest Dutch poultry processors (Storteboom-group) is reported to be in financial difficulties and has ceased all activities until further instructions. (Source: PDIC correspondent)
May 9th 2003 - Suspected case of new influenza virus infection in Germany
A very serious suspected case of AI has been found on a farm in Schwalmtal, Viersen region, in the German state of NordRhein Westfalen (NRW), close to the border with The Netherlands. The first investigations of the veterinary authorities lead to a fear that AI is now also in Germany. An initial test has confirmed the clinical symptoms. Official confirmation will follow in 7 days. The farm is reported to have 32,000 broiler chickens, all of which will be destroyed.
A complete standstill for 72 hours for all poultry, breeding eggs and manure in NRW has been ordered. This movement ban does not affect poultry products.
Near the affected poultry unit are seven other farms (mainly smaller) which will be preventatively slaughtered. Initially, all poultry in a 1 km zone (0.6 miles) around the suspect case will be destroyed and this may be extended to 3km. (Source: PDIC correspondent)
HPAI H7N7 epidemic - more outbreaks confirmed (May 9th): Netherlands BelgiumMay 7th - Update on avian influenza in the Netherlands and Belgium
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday discussed again the avian influenza situation in the Netherlands and Belgium. Since the beginning of the outbreak in the Netherlands on 28 February, 250 infected holdings have been confirmed and another 10 are seriously suspected to be contaminated. In total, approximately 25 million birds have been culled in the Netherlands. On 16 April the disease also spread to Belgium where to date 8 outbreaks have been confirmed. In total, about 2,3 million birds have been culled. The last outbreak in Belgium dates from 24 April. The Committee voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to extend until 16 May the existing measures to prevent the spreading of the disease and to eradicate it. No live poultry, hatching eggs and fresh, unprocessed poultry manure or litter may be exported to other Member States or third countries and, with some derogations, no live poultry and hatching eggs may be transported within the Netherlands or Belgium. The situation will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee on Thursday 15 May. (source: European Commission)
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