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Bird flu discovered at Dutch farm

A total of 28,000 birds are being slaughtered at a poultry farm in the Netherlands after officials discovered the presence of bird flu.

The cull is the latest case of the infectious disease to hit the country's agriculture sector.

The Economic Affairs Ministry said in a statement today that birds at the farm in the town of Zoeterwoude, 12 miles north-east of The Hague, were suffering from an H5 strain of bird flu.

Further tests were under way to discover which exact strain.

Tens of thousands of birds have been slaughtered in the Netherlands in recent weeks after farms were infected with the H5N8 bird flu strain, which is highly infectious to birds but poses little risk to humans.

In 2003 a major outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands caused some 300 million euro (£238 million) in damages.

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