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Swedish Poultry Ordered Indoors

Published onsdag 15 februari 2006 kl 11.52
Dead swan on the island of Rügen

Following the discovery of bird flu on a German island in the Baltic Sea, Sweden has ordered farmers to keep chickens and other poultry here indoors.

The Swedish Board of Agriculture made the decision late Tuesday. Where keeping tame fowl indoors is not possible they should be kept under a roof of some sort to avoid contact with wild birds, and should not drink from the same water as migratory birds.

The German authorities confirmed Tuesday that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found on the Baltic island of Rügen.

The authorities here are also closely monitoring the situation at the southwestern Swedish lake Hornborgasjön, where thousands of cranes return every spring for their annual mating dance. The cranes spend several days on the German island before flying on to Sweden, usually in mid-March.

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