Spanish government calls for calm after avian influenza confirmation

10-07-2006 | |

The Spanish government says that the recent confirmed case of avian influenza in Spain is no cause for alarm.

Government first vice-president, María 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, Ramón Juste, after an examination of the grebe found in marshland near Alava.

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