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The Netherlands Kills 190,000 Ducks to Prevent the Spread of Bird Flu

Six farms targeted after the virus is found in a village outside of Amsterdam.

Authorities in the Netherlands have culled some 190,000 ducks to prevent the spread of bird flu.

According to BBC News, ducks from six farms were killed, after the virus (the strain of which has not been named) was found in ducks in a village near Amsterdam. Health officials have initiated a ban on the transport of poultry within a six-mile radius of the village.

Bird flu is a viral infection that can spread among poultry. Several strains have emerged, including H5N1, which has spread across the globe and is deadly to humans at a 60% rate. People can catch it from contact with infected birds or their droppings.

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As the Netherlands moves to try to control avian flu, other nations are doing similarly.

Last week South Korean agriculture officials instituted a 48-hour halt to all movement of poultry in order to contain the H5N6 strain. The nation has slaughtered more than 700,000 birds as part of the effort. France, meanwhile, has found the H5N8 strain in wild ducks.

While the Dutch strain is not known, the H5N8 strain has been reported recently in parts of Northern Europe, BBC noted.

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