There have been regular outbreaks of avian influenza and African swine fever for several years. These are infectious viral diseases, lethal for pigs and chickens. African swine fever is harmless to humans, but avian influenza can be transmitted to humans.
The virus is spread by infected animals, lorries, passenger cars, and people who have been in contact with the virus. The virus can also be spread by food and beverages. Avian influenza can also spread through the air and through direct contact between birds.
Given the many contact moments between the Netherlands and Eastern Europe, we, in the Netherlands, would like to ask for your cooperation. It is in everyone’s interest that these diseases are not spread any further in your home country or the rest of Europe. We therefore ask everyone to be alert and to take all possible precautions. Extremely thorough hygiene is important, especially when you have visited a poultry farm or pig farm in the Netherlands or have had contact with people working in these sectors: wash your hands, shower if necessary, and always wear clean company clothing.
We also urgently request you not to bring food and drink from your home country. This especially applies to meat and eggs, as these products may contain the virus without you knowing. Please also take this into account if you go back home during your holiday and then return to the Netherlands.
Thank you for your cooperation!