Belgium bans bird shows in bid to prevent flu
24 October 2005, BRUSSELS – Belgium has banned the showing of groups of pet birds in a move to prevent a possible spread of bird flu.
24 October 2005
BRUSSELS – Belgium has banned the showing of groups of pet birds in a move to prevent a possible spread of bird flu.
The ban, which became effective from Monday (24 October), came after the UK announced it had detected the flu virus H5N1 on a parrot and Russia reported a second case of suspected bird flu.
Belgium had already introduced measures requiring the confinement of poultry within areas at risk of contamination from wild birds which could be carriers of the flu.
However, from Monday, that rule was extended to all poultry and all birds kept in private homes.
The authorities announced no one would be allowed to gather pet birds together, whether for exhibitions, markets, shows or competitions.
Poultry rearers who have not submitted a risk assessment to the food agency have also been banned from sending their birds to the slaughter house.
Coinciding with the new rules, the organisation Formavet announced it would be running special training at the request of vets who wanted to know more about how to correctly diagnose bird flu.
Formavet said the flu, though not yet a human problem, was already a problem for animal health and vets were in the front line for recognising and stopping the spread of the disease.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news