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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&#39;s poultry farmers to prepare plans to bring their flocks indoors as the bird flu epidemic nears the UK, said Prime Minister Tony Blair&#39;s spokesman. He told reporters that while &#39;it is still not inevitable that bird flu will come to the UK&#39; it was clear that the &#39;risk must be higher today than it was, so what we have to do is be sensible about this&#39;. &#39;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,&#39; he said. &#39;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.&#39; 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. <i>Source: Forbes</i>

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