Germany extends poultry lock-up to prevent bird flu
The German parliament has extended a lock-up order for domestic
poultry until February 2007. The order is in place in areas with a high risk of
The upper house of parliament said the measure was recommended by the
national veterinary institute.
Last February Germany had an outbreak
of the H5N1 strain of the avian
influenza virus among wild birds. The virus was detected among domestic
fowl in April.
It has also infected three cats and a type of weasel
on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen.
German poultry farmers have been
obliged to lock up their birds for fixed periods since the migrating season in
late 2005, but the measure has been implemented continuously since
The parliament said the decision may be reviewed before next
avian influenza news.
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