Bird flu measures to be relaxed in May

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian regulations to ward off the threat of bird flu will be relaxed from 1 May, the Federal Food Agency said on Tuesday.

25 April 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian regulations to ward off the threat of bird flu will be relaxed from 1 May, the Federal Food Agency said on Tuesday.

The agency said now that the spring migratory period of birds is almost over, the associated risk of an outbreak of bird flu has likewise declined.

The measures imposed to ward off an outbreak will be therefore be relaxed.

From 1 May, the national lock-up order for poultry will be scaled back to farms located in sensitive environmental areas.

Only professional poultry farmers in sensitive areas will need to keep their birds shielded from wild birds. Hobby farmers nationwide will be allowed to let their birds roam free again.

However, the agency is still advising the public to avoid contact between poultry and wild birds as much as possible.

In sensitive nature areas, hobby farmers will still need to feed or water their birds at an area shielded off from wild birds. The measure will also be recommended for hobby farmers nationwide.

For professional farmers, the measure is compulsory nationwide.

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Subject: Belgian news

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