Dead grebe is first confirmed case of bird flu in Spain

7th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 July 2006, MADRID — The government confirmed on Friday the first case of bird flu in Spain.

7 July 2006

MADRID — The government confirmed on Friday the first case of bird flu in Spain.

The strain of H5N1 was detected in a marsh in Alava, in northern Spain.

A dead grebe found last Friday in the marsh at Salburua, near Vitoria, was carrying the deadly virus, tests confirmed on Friday.

Ramon Juste, of the Animal Health laboratory, said it was likely the bird had been infected by another migratory bird.

"It is very difficult to control all migrations," he said.

Checks are being carried out on other birds in the area.

A protection zone of 3 kilometres has been established around the marsh.

No animal or bird will be allowed to leave the area, and another protection zone has been set up in a 10km radius of the area.

There are no bird farms nearby.

Gonzalo Sáenz de Samaniego, of the ministry of agriculture, said the case was of a "low level" of contagiousness.

He said the risk to human health was "almost zero".

Experts said it appeared the bird had migrated from North Europe, not Africa. 

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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