Concern As Bird Flu Nears

Swedish Minister of Agriculture Ann-Christin Nykvist has expressed concern over the deadly bird flu virus showing up among tame birds so early and so close to Sweden.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu showed up among turkeys at a farm in eastern France during the weekend. After the discovery of the virus in dead swans two weeks ago on a German island in the Baltic, the Swedish authorities ordered all tame birds here to be kept indoors.

On Saturday new recommendations were issued on handling dead birds.

Ann-Christin Nykvist says the highest priority now is to protect tame birds. There’s to be increased monitoring of Sweden’s long coastline for sick birds as the spring migration brings them to this country.