Health officials in the Netherlands and England have ordered the culling of thousands of birds to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus.
More than 150,000 chickens at a farm in Hekendorp,
Netherlands, were culled after health workers confirmed the H5N8 strain of bird flu at the property.
Dutch officials have temporarily banned the transport of poultry and eggs throughout the country as they investigate the source of the outbreak. Additionally, British authorities have ordered the removal of 6,000 ducks at a farm in Driffield, England, after a variant of the H5 bird flu strain was identified. Officials have established a restriction zone to prevent the spread of the virus, while other area farms undergo testing for contamination. So far, no human infections have been linked to the virus, and officials are investigating if the two outbreaks are related, reports Fox News.