Netherlands plays down bird flu water risk

3rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 March 2006, AMSTERDAM – The chance that humans or animals could catch avian flu from drinking water is extremely small, researchers from the national institute for public and environmental health (RIVM) have concluded.

3 March 2006

AMSTERDAM – The chance that humans or animals could catch avian flu from drinking water is extremely small, researchers from the national institute for public and environmental health (RIVM) have concluded.

Nonetheless, poultry farmers should still purify their flocks’ drinking water supply.

“Well purified water reduces the risk of infection for individual chickens and people,” the researchers said in their report 'Quantitative risk assessment of avian influenza virus infection in water', released Thursday.

Good purification is essential because combining a highly infectious virus with inadequately purified water on a poultry farm with 10,000 birds or more has a chance of producing an outbreak of more than 1%, the RIVM calculated.

Nearly three-quarters of Dutch poultry farms are of this size or bigger and therefore “high risk”.

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