A farm in the Netherlands has reported an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu, and authorities have taken measures to euthanize about 170,000 chickens, according to the Dutch Agriculture Ministry.
Several farms in the province of Noord Holland will be closed while tests for the H5N1 virus are conducted and to see if it has spread.
According to a separate statement, the ministry also reported an outbreak of the virus at a farm in the southern province of Noord Brabant. About 46,000 broiler chickens would be destroyed at the farm.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of chickens, ducks, turkeys and wild birds have been killed in the Netherlands since the disease began spreading in 2021.