Spanish government calls for calm after avian influenza confirmation
The Spanish government says that the recent confirmed case of avian
influenza in Spain is no cause for alarm.
Government first vice-president, MarÃa Teresa de la Vega, stated at the
weekly post-cabinet meeting press conference: "we should not change our everyday
habits. This is a veterinary case. Consequently, it should have no affect on
humans, nor on our consumption of poultry or derived products. This is no reason
A number of measures outlined in the National Animal
Sanitary Alert plan have already been put in place, and the government stressed
that the case had been detected as a result of the avian flu detection network
set up at the start of the scare. A protection zone has been set up within a 3km
radius of the marsh were the dead grebe was found, and a 10km vigilance zone has
also been established.
The bird flu case was confirmed by the
director of the Basque animal health laboratory in Derio, RamÃ³n Juste, after an
examination of the grebe found in marshland near Alava.
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