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Belgium to relax bird flu measures
www.chinaview.cn 2005-12-10 02:26:47

    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. 15.

    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 birds indoors.

    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 

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