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France, Holland to vaccinate against bird flu

Bird flu in Turkey

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
FRANCE and Holland will begin vaccination programmes immediately in a bid to ward off bird flu as Europe braces itself for the next migration of millions of birds from Africa where the disease is spreading rapidly.

Ireland was one of the 21 countries which voted for the measure at a meeting of veterinary experts in Brussels yesterday. Four countries abstained, fearing it would lead to public pressure for wholesale vaccination.

Most other countries want to see how vaccination will work in advance of summer migration of birds from Africa, in particular, Nigeria, where the disease has spread rapidly.

The deadly H5N1 strain which has been confirmed in eight European countries is a result of the rare migration of birds from the east because of exceptionally cold weather.

A European Commission expert said: "We cannot be optimistic about the migration of millions of birds from Africa."

The aim now is to prevent the virus spreading from wild to domestic fowl.

"We are afraid of the situation and we know the limits of the current tools we have to control the disease, but the measures we have taken so far have prevented the spread from wild to farm birds," he said.

Seven EU nations - France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, along with Bulgaria - have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, while Slovakia, Bulgaria and Bosnia have suspected cases and are awaiting confirmation.

EU health ministers are to hold urgent talks on Friday in Vienna with UN experts on the virus.

A spokesperson for the Government said Ireland voted in favour as it believed the two countries should be allowed to vaccinate if they wished.

The French programme will see about 900,000 ducks and geese in three regions on the west coast, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique and Landés, vaccinated between now and April 1.

The Dutch plan to vaccinate up to three million hobby poultry and about five million free-range laying hens rather than keep them indoors.

 

France, Holland to vaccinate against bird flu

Bird flu in Turkey

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
FRANCE and Holland will begin vaccination programmes immediately in a bid to ward off bird flu as Europe braces itself for the next migration of millions of birds from Africa where the disease is spreading rapidly.

Ireland was one of the 21 countries which voted for the measure at a meeting of veterinary experts in Brussels yesterday. Four countries abstained, fearing it would lead to public pressure for wholesale vaccination.

Most other countries want to see how vaccination will work in advance of summer migration of birds from Africa, in particular, Nigeria, where the disease has spread rapidly.

The deadly H5N1 strain which has been confirmed in eight European countries is a result of the rare migration of birds from the east because of exceptionally cold weather.

A European Commission expert said: "We cannot be optimistic about the migration of millions of birds from Africa."

The aim now is to prevent the virus spreading from wild to domestic fowl.

"We are afraid of the situation and we know the limits of the current tools we have to control the disease, but the measures we have taken so far have prevented the spread from wild to farm birds," he said.

Seven EU nations - France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, along with Bulgaria - have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, while Slovakia, Bulgaria and Bosnia have suspected cases and are awaiting confirmation.

EU health ministers are to hold urgent talks on Friday in Vienna with UN experts on the virus.

A spokesperson for the Government said Ireland voted in favour as it believed the two countries should be allowed to vaccinate if they wished.

The French programme will see about 900,000 ducks and geese in three regions on the west coast, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique and Landés, vaccinated between now and April 1.

The Dutch plan to vaccinate up to three million hobby poultry and about five million free-range laying hens rather than keep them indoors.

 

France, Holland to vaccinate against bird flu

Bird flu in Turkey

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
FRANCE and Holland will begin vaccination programmes immediately in a bid to ward off bird flu as Europe braces itself for the next migration of millions of birds from Africa where the disease is spreading rapidly.

Ireland was one of the 21 countries which voted for the measure at a meeting of veterinary experts in Brussels yesterday. Four countries abstained, fearing it would lead to public pressure for wholesale vaccination.

Most other countries want to see how vaccination will work in advance of summer migration of birds from Africa, in particular, Nigeria, where the disease has spread rapidly.

The deadly H5N1 strain which has been confirmed in eight European countries is a result of the rare migration of birds from the east because of exceptionally cold weather.

A European Commission expert said: "We cannot be optimistic about the migration of millions of birds from Africa."

The aim now is to prevent the virus spreading from wild to domestic fowl.

"We are afraid of the situation and we know the limits of the current tools we have to control the disease, but the measures we have taken so far have prevented the spread from wild to farm birds," he said.

Seven EU nations - France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, along with Bulgaria - have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, while Slovakia, Bulgaria and Bosnia have suspected cases and are awaiting confirmation.

EU health ministers are to hold urgent talks on Friday in Vienna with UN experts on the virus.

A spokesperson for the Government said Ireland voted in favour as it believed the two countries should be allowed to vaccinate if they wished.

The French programme will see about 900,000 ducks and geese in three regions on the west coast, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique and Landés, vaccinated between now and April 1.

The Dutch plan to vaccinate up to three million hobby poultry and about five million free-range laying hens rather than keep them indoors.

 

France, Holland to vaccinate against bird flu

Bird flu in Turkey

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
FRANCE and Holland will begin vaccination programmes immediately in a bid to ward off bird flu as Europe braces itself for the next migration of millions of birds from Africa where the disease is spreading rapidly.

Ireland was one of the 21 countries which voted for the measure at a meeting of veterinary experts in Brussels yesterday. Four countries abstained, fearing it would lead to public pressure for wholesale vaccination.

Most other countries want to see how vaccination will work in advance of summer migration of birds from Africa, in particular, Nigeria, where the disease has spread rapidly.

The deadly H5N1 strain which has been confirmed in eight European countries is a result of the rare migration of birds from the east because of exceptionally cold weather.

A European Commission expert said: "We cannot be optimistic about the migration of millions of birds from Africa."

The aim now is to prevent the virus spreading from wild to domestic fowl.

"We are afraid of the situation and we know the limits of the current tools we have to control the disease, but the measures we have taken so far have prevented the spread from wild to farm birds," he said.

Seven EU nations - France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, along with Bulgaria - have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, while Slovakia, Bulgaria and Bosnia have suspected cases and are awaiting confirmation.

EU health ministers are to hold urgent talks on Friday in Vienna with UN experts on the virus.

A spokesperson for the Government said Ireland voted in favour as it believed the two countries should be allowed to vaccinate if they wished.

The French programme will see about 900,000 ducks and geese in three regions on the west coast, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique and Landés, vaccinated between now and April 1.

The Dutch plan to vaccinate up to three million hobby poultry and about five million free-range laying hens rather than keep them indoors.