Dutch authorities identify highly contagious bird flu strain

November 16, 2014 4:40 PM

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities on Sunday said they had found the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands, the same highly contagious strain as found this month in Germany and which has prompted massive poultry culls in Asia.

Agricultural inspectors set about destroying the 150,000 chickens at the farm in the village of Hekendorp, and banned poultry transport across the whole of the Netherlands.

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