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UPDATED: 16:24, April 08, 2006
Spain still on alert for bird flu
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The risk of bird flu reaching Spain was reducing, but the country still maintained a high-state of alert, a senior official of the Spanish Agriculture Ministry said Friday.

Carlos Escribano, general director of livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture said, now that seasonal south-to-north migrations -- where birds cross Spain in their annual journey from Africa -- had ended, risk levels had reduced and would remain low until the birds, now in northern Europe and Asia, headed south again in the fall.

The official said Spain must remain alert, as bird flu might still enter the country from neighboring countries such France, and stray birds, which have wandered away from the main migratory path, might also reach Spain.

The measures adopted by Spain took into account the real risk that the avian flu virus might reach the country, and so it would have to remain alert for some years, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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