Dead swan in the island of Rügen

Bird Flu Nears Sweden - EU Experts Warn of More Outbreaks

European Union experts resumed talks on Thursday on how to respond to fast-multiplying outbreaks of bird flu now threatening the heart of Europe, amid warnings that more can be expected.

After the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of the virus was discovered in northern Germany, Sweden, along with three other EU countries, ordered poultry and tame birds to be kept indoors to avoid contamination.

Sweden’s Board of Agriculture has also stated that if bird flu hits this country, it is prepared to slaughter all tame poultry.

The EU health commissioner Markos Kyprianou warned Wednesday that Brussels expected to find more cases of bird flu as warm spring weather brings a seasonal migration of swans and other wild birds carrying the disease.

But he added that ”There’s no need to panic. We have to advise the European public to stay calm...There’s no reason not to consume chicken.”

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