Virulent Strain Of Bird Flu Identified At Netherlands Farm

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About 150,000 hens have been killed at a large poultry farm in Hekendorp, just south of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This comes after agricultural officials identified the H5N8 strain of bird flu at the farm. This strain is highly contagious among birds and can be transmitted to humans in close contact.

To date, no humans have ever had the H5N8 virus. BBC reporter Anna Holligan is at the poultry farm in Hekendorp and tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

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  • Anna Holligan, correspondent for the BBC. She tweets @annaholligan.

This segment aired on November 17, 2014.


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