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Hens to be kept grounded after reports mention Bird flu in traveling swans

Chickens throughout the nation are kept in after a farmer saw dead swans on his property which turned out to be diseased with worst straining bird influenza, H5N8.

Wim de Wit, whose land is in Kockengen, near Utrecht, discovered seven dead birds and two were sure to be diseased, says Parool. The Dutch government has now necessitated all farmed poultry be grounded, including chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

The instruction also goes for egg-laying hens. A dead widgeon is also said to be tested positive for bird flu, though additional assessments will designate what type of the ailment it had. Specialists from the Dutch agriculture ministry says that the diseased swans possibly came from Russia and were assisted by traveling birds. The authorities are worried that water birds live in clusters at this time of year, and the virus could rapidly spread, damaging commercial hens.

The ministry has asked people to inform any findings of dead birds. Hennie de Haan, head of the Dutch association for poultry farms (NVP) said to Parool that they were dealing with stern circumstances, and the influenza virus could spread by pests or even people.

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Bird flu is often seen in traveling birds that arrive in the Netherlands from Siberia but it’s believed to be rare to discover it in these swans and at this time in the year. The country faced severe bird flu epidemics in 2016 and 2003, it costed the Dutch livestock industry at least €300m. A minor number of farms were infested in 2014 as well.

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