Poultry sector seeks priority on anti-flu drugs

14th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch poultry sector wants to have priority when it comes to the anti-viral agent Tamiflu.

14 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch poultry sector wants to have priority when it comes to the anti-viral agent Tamiflu.

The Netherlands has 225,000 doses of Tamiflu. The drugs are intended for the people involved in culling the birds.

In response to the detection of avian flu in Romania and Turkey, the product board for poultry and eggs (PPE) sent a letter to the health and agriculture ministers on Friday asking that poultry workers also be given priority access to the virus inhibitor.

The PPE said that 3,000 poultry farmers and tens of thousands of abattoir employees have a right to Tamiflu.

Avian flu has an incubation period of several days among poultry, the PPE said. Therefore it is difficult to be sure whether an apparently healthy bird is infected with avian flu or not.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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