Poultry farmers in the Netherlands are now allowed to let their birds outside as the country is now bird flu-free.
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs decided to lift the ban on outside poultry and other measures that have been in place for five months.
According to expert assessment, the risk of the bird flu virus being transmitted by wild water birds has decreased markedly that extra safety measures are no longer necessary. Reports said that no poultry in the Netherlands has been infected since Christmas.
It’s already more than a month since a wild water bird with bird flu was last found in the Netherlands. The neighboring countries are also no longer struggling with the virus.
While most measures are being lifted, the strict hygiene rules in poultry farms are still in place.