Chicken flu risk 'almost zero' in Belgium

27th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 January 2004, BRUSSELS – Public health experts believe Belgium is very unlikely to be affected by the outbreak of chicken flu currently sweeping across southeast Asia, the Belgian media reported on Tuesday.

27 January 2004

BRUSSELS – Public health experts believe Belgium is very unlikely to be affected by the outbreak of chicken flu currently sweeping across southeast Asia, the Belgian media reported on Tuesday.

Dr René Snaken, who works for the country’s Public Jealth Institute (ISP) told the Belga news agency he believed the risk of a serious outbreak of chicken flu in Belgium was “almost zero”.

The fact that the European Commission has banned imports of chicken from Thailand will do a great deal to protect the country, Snacken said.

But he added that even if a few stray birds did manage to slip past the newly imposed EU safety cordon, consumers should not be overly worried.

“If Thai chicken meat did arrive in Belgium it would almost certainly have come from a healthy farm,” the health expert said.

Such meat would also be frozen, which would further reduce the risk of contamination, he added.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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