Bird Flu Security Measures Boosted

Sweden is ordering poultry and other birds in captivity in the southern third of the country to be kept indoors because of recent outbreaks of the H5N1 bird flu strain in Europe and the imminent migration season.

The increased level of protection also means there will be a ban on exhibitions, competitions and similar activities involving birds in captivity.  Ducks, geese and other game birds may still be kept outdoors as long as they are fenced in and fed and watered under a roof.

The restrictions apply as of March 7.

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