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Bird Flu Found on 3 More Dutch Farms

THE HAGUE - Dutch officials have detected bird flu on three more farms, but cannot yet say if the strains are a highly contagious variety discovered earlier this week, officials said Friday. Credit: Getty Editorial The Dutch economic affairs ministry confirmed that a second bird flu outbreak detected on Thursday on a farm at Ter Aar, close to the first case east of The Hague, was the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, previously detected only in Asia. Some strains of avian influenza are fatal for chickens, and pose a health threat to humans, who can fall sick after handling infected poultry. Dutch authorities have said human infection can only occur following "intense and direct contact" wit...

LONDON - The strain of bird flu discovered at a duck farm in northern England is H5N8, the same as confirmed in outbreaks in Germany and the Netherlands, the environment ministry said Tuesday. Credit: Getty Editorial "The strain has now been confirmed as H5N8, which is a very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain," the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in a statement. Some 6,000 ducks are being culled at the breeding farm in east Yorkshire following the confirmation of the outbreak on Sunday, and a 10-kilometre (six-mile) restriction zone has been put up around the site. News that authorities are dealing with the same subtype of a highly inf...