UK advising poultry farmers to prepare plans to bring flocks indoors

by 5m Editor
20 February 2006, at 12:00am

UK - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is telling Britain's poultry farmers to prepare plans to bring their flocks indoors as the bird flu epidemic nears the UK, said Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman. He told reporters that while 'it is still not inevitable that bird flu will come to the UK' it was clear that the 'risk must be higher today than it was, so what we have to do is be sensible about this'. 'It is common sense that as the incidence of bird flu on the Continent geographically gets closer, so the level of concern increases and we recognise that,' he said. 'That is why Defra is issuing new guidance today telling poultry farmers that they should prepare plans to bring their flocks in if that is necessary.' Britain is on a high alert over the possible spread of bird flu to the UK as tests continue on a number of birds found dead in recent days. Source: Forbes

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