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Dutch to cull 48,000 chickens after new outbreak of bird flu in north

FILE PHOTO: Free range chickens are kept indoors in a free range poultry farm in Ruurlo, the Netherlands, August 23, 2005. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch health officials on Tuesday ordered the culling of 48,000 chickens after an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu was discovered on a farm in the northern province of Groningen.

The measures are the latest taken in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of poultry and eggs, after the H5N8 disease was first found in wild fowl.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Jan Harvey

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