Dutch authorities begin slaughter of 150,000 chickens as bird flu is discovered at huge poultry farm
- Highly contagious strain of virus discovered at large poultry farm
- Authorities have begun slaughtering the 150,000 chickens at risk
- A ban on transporting poultry and produce across Netherlands in place
- Comes after H5N8 strain was reported earlier this month in Germany
- Humans can only become infected when in close contact with birds
By JENNIFER SMITH FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 17:21 GMT, 16 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:49 GMT, 16 November 2014
Dutch authorities have begun slaughtering 150,000 chickens after a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found at a huge poultry farm.
The component, named H5N8, is the same strain discovered in Germany earlier this month which also led to mass poultry culls in Asia.
Agricultural inspectors began destroying animals today at the farm in Hekendorp, Utrecht, following reports of an outbreak.