Thumbs up for France's bird flu vaccination plan

22nd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Feb 22, 2006 (AFP) - The European Commission gave conditional approval Wednesday to French and Dutch plans to vaccinate millions of their poultry against bird flu, the first time it has endorsed such moves.

BRUSSELS, Feb 22, 2006 (AFP) - The European Commission gave conditional approval Wednesday to French and Dutch plans to vaccinate millions of their poultry against bird flu, the first time it has endorsed such moves.

"The vaccination programmes are authorised only for specific birds in specified regions, and will be subject to rigorous surveillance and control requirements," the commission said in a statement.

"These include movement restrictions, strict monitoring of vaccinated flocks to ensure that there is no undetected outbreak of avian influenza, and careful record-keeping."

The plans, the first of their kind to be submitted to Brussels, are aimed at preventing bird flu spreading from wild migratory birds to domestic fowl, as poultry sales plummet across the European Union.

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