BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Belgian measures to ward off the threat of
bird flu will be relaxed next week now that the autumn migratory period has
passed, local on-line newsletter Expatic reported on Friday.
It was reported that Belgian Health Minister Rudy Dmotte made the decision on
Thursday based on a thorough risk analysis and the measures that the European
Union is prepared to accept.
According to Belgian federal food agency, the compulsory lock-up order for
poultry owned by members of the public in risk areas will be lifted from Dec.
However, the food agency urged the public to still feed their birds indoors
and to avoid contact between domesticated poultry and wild birds.
Professional poultry farmers in risk areas will still need to keep their
But these measures will also be relaxed somewhat.
The birds are to be allowed outside, but must be cordoned off from wild
birds, either by wire mesh or netting.
At feeding time, the same rules applied to private poultry owners will
apply to professional poultry farmers also.
Markets and shows of poultry, pigeons and other birds will be allowed over the
winter months if special supervisory measures are taken.
The agency said the anti-bird flu measures are
expected to be tightened again next year prior to the start of the spring
migratory period. Enditem