Belgian bird flu leads to mass slaughter

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Following the death of a Dutch vet after exposure to bird flu, Beligium is stepping up its efforts to try and contain the current outbreak.

Following the death of a Dutch vet after exposure to bird flu, Beligium is stepping up its efforts to try and contain the current outbreak.

So far Belgian authorities have slaughtered more than 700,000 chickens near the border with the Netherlands, where the poultry industry - an area where that has already been hard hit by the disease.

"We are on a heightened state of vigilance to ensure no other outbreaks occur in Belgium,"​ the national food safety agency said in a press release.

"After the death in the Netherlands, a preventative treatment procedure was put in place over the weekend for people who had direct contact with slaughtered chickens,"​ the health ministry added.

Bird flu, also known as avian influenza, is a viral disease highly contagious to chickens, turkeys, ducks and other birds. An outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 led to the deaths of 6 people and some six million poultry being slaughtered.

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