An outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the Netherlands has been resolved, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak originated in March and had affected a farm in Bruchem, Gelderland.
An estimated 10,541 birds were susceptible in the outbreak, which was confirmed after testing was done by scientists from the national laboratory at the Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad. While no birds died in the avian influenza outbreak, all susceptible birds were destroyed. The origin of the outbreak was listed as unknown or inconclusive.
Once the outbreak was reported, a 1 kilometer protection zone – which included eight other premises -- was established. All of those premises within that zone were screened, and no further infections of H5N2 avian influenza occurred at other farms within the zone. Other protective measures taken included movement control within the country.
Issuing an updated report on September 10, the OIE stated that the outbreak appears to be resolved, and that no further reports concerning the avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands would be made.
Prior to the March outbreak, the most recent case of low pathogenic avian influenza reported in the Netherlands occurred in June, 2013, according to the OIE.