Three more cases of avian flu have been identified at Dutch poultry farms, this time near Kamperveen in Overijssel, the economic affairs ministry said on Friday.
The first farm, which rears broiler chickens and has around 10,000 birds on site, was identified on Friday morning. One of the other two farms had some 15,000 ducks. All three farms are being cleared.
On Thursday avian flu was found at a farm in Ter Aar. That has now been confirmed the same infectious type as on the first farm last weekend.
A nationwide ban on the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry manure will remain in force, the ministry said.
The 2003 avian flu outbreak cost the Dutch poultry and egg industry at least €300m in direct costs at that time.
Poultry farmers are extremely worried about the prospect of the infection reaching the central Veluwe region where the bulk of Dutch egg and poultry production is based, news agency ANP said.
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