Skip to comments.Poultry to stay indoors as Dutch fend off bird flu
Posted on 08/19/2005 11:00:02 AM PDT by Termite_Commander
AMSTERDAM An order obliging farms to keep their poultry indoors comes into effect on Monday in the Netherlands.
Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman confirmed the new regulation on Friday as a means to prevent an outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands during the bird migration season.
Farmers can decide whether to keep their birds in hen coops or in any other structure that will prevent contact between the poultry and wild birds. Chickens kept by hobbyists do not fall under the regulations.
Germany introduced a similar outdoor ban for poultry on its farms on Thursday.
Reuters news agency reported that Russia has warned that an outbreak of the H5N1 strain
of bird flu recently identified in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk could spread to Europe and the Middle East, as migratory birds move into warmer areas before winter after nesting in Siberia.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Color coded circles for wild bird H5N1:
May = Red June - Orange July = Yellow August = Green
Square = Unconfirmed reports of dead birds
Human outbreaks, etiology unknown
Orange Oval = Sharkin, Udmurtia, Russia (fever, meningitis, gastro-intestinal)
Blue Oval = Tomsk, Tomsk, Russia (fever, meningitis)
Red Oval = Moklakap, Chita, Russia (fever, vomiting)
LOL! My 2nd thought was that the birds HAD the flu, and do you feed chicken soup to a chicken with the flu?
No, they have a hot bowl of Soylent Green.
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