Bavaria calls for measures to stop bird flu threat

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17 October 2005, HAMBURG - Germany's powerful southern state of Bavaria has called for new national restrictions on the country's poultry farms in a bid to head off the threat posed by bird flu.

17 October 2005

HAMBURG - Germany's powerful southern state of Bavaria has called for new national restrictions on the country's poultry farms in a bid to head off the threat posed by bird flu.

Speaking ahead of a conference of animal experts scheduled for Tuesday in Berlin, Bavarian Environment Minister Werner Schnappauf set out Saturday in an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur a proposal to keep poultry indoors.

If this is not accepted nationally, Bavaria will impose the restrictions on poultry farms in the state, he said.

His call follows the announcement Saturday that the dangerous bird flu virus H5N1 had been discovered in Romania. This came two days after birds tested positive for the virus in Turkey.

Schnappauf wants to impose the restrictions on poultry until December 15 when the migratory bird season draws to an end.

Earlier in the new year, a new risk evaluation would then be made so as to establish whether further steps were necessary, he said.

Germany's Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs said the country's 16 states are determined to take steps to prevent the contact of infected migratory birds with poultry in the country.

DPA

Subject: German news

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