Croatia has become the latest European country to confirm its found the lethal strain of bird flu in dead swans. “Results from the laboratory in Weybridge confirmed the H5N1 virus which shows that our measures were justified. I urge poultry producers to take this seriously and keep poultry indoors,” said veterinary expert Vladimir Savic.
The European Union has banned imports of captive live birds from other countries in an effort to curb the spread of avian flu.
It is also urging people not to eat raw eggs and recommending that all consumers make sure their poultry is well cooked as that is the only way of destroying the virus.
The World Health Organisation has praised the EU’s efforts to stem the spread of bird flu, saying that although no human cases have been reported Europe must not be complacent.