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 for alarm.”
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.