Extra measures to prevent spread of bird flu

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12 July 2006, MADRID — Authorities said on Wednesday they have reinforced resources to prevent any more cases of the dangerous bird flu H5N1 which was discovered in northern Spain.

12 July 2006

MADRID — Authorities said on Wednesday they have reinforced resources to prevent any more cases of the dangerous bird flu H5N1 which was discovered in northern Spain.

In wetlands in northern Spain and in the Valley of the River Ebro, extra personnel and measures have been brought in to stop any more outbreaks.

Last Friday, a dead greater crested grebe with the most dangerous strain of bird flu was found in wetlands in Salburua, near Vitoria.

Carlos Escribano, government director general of livestock, said so far resources to prevent any spread of the virus had worked well.

He said the dead bird had arrived in Spain from neighbouring countries where it had picked up the H5N1 disease.

But he said extra measures were going to be brought into action  in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Navarre, Catalonia, and Castilla y Leon.

Extra personnel would be brought into monitor the situation, said Escribano.

Patrols will be increased to make sure there are no further cases have been discovered and to check existing regulations are being obeyed.

Health minister Elena Salgado said there was no need for alarm, but added people should maintain existing controls to stop the disease spreading.

She said there was no indication that Spain was close to being infected by the mutation of bird flu which has killed 130 people in the Far East.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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