Close-up of packaged eggsThe bird flu was confirmed on a poultry farm in Lunteren, province of Gelderland, the heart of the Dutch egg industry, the agriculture ministry confirmed.

All 5,000 egg-laying hens on the farm were killed, as were undetermined numbers at seven other locations within 1 km of the affected farm.

There are some 235 other poultry farms within 10 kilometers of Lunteren Farm, all subject to additional restrictions.

Agriculture Minister Hans Staghauer said he was “very concerned” about the current situation given the new location of the outbreak, and said it would have a “very big impact” on many people.

Lunteren’s case is the first since August 2nd. So far, he has killed more than 3.5 million birds and confirmed the disease on 53 farms since the outbreak began last October.

There are about 1,700 poultry farms in the Netherlands, half of which produce eggs, with a total production of about 10 billion eggs per year.

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