The Dutch government will kill 36,000 chickens after a bird flu outbreak at a farm in Zeewolde. The minister of Agriculture, Carola Schouten, also ordered all farmers in the Netherlands to keep their chickens inside.
The ban will be lifted after around 30 days if bird flu is not detected again in the area. This means that all farmed chickens, turkeys, ducks and other birds have to stay inside for at least a month.
The farmer in Zeewolde called a veterinarian after the chickens in his company became ill and started dying. The veterinarian determined that the chickens had bird flu.
Governments all over the world are mass killing animals as a solution for bird flu outbreaks at farms.
Avian influenza usually only affects birds, but the rise in human bird flu cases has experts worried. China reported 21 cases of humans infected with the H5N6 strain of bird flu this year; at least six people died. In July, an 11-year-old boy died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu in India.
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