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Drop in poultry sales as fears over bird flu grow

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Drop in poultry sales as fears over bird flu grow


Measures are being taken across Europe to prevent the spread of bird flu as farmers face a drop in poultry sales with fear over the disease growing.

Germany like some other European countries is testing dead birds for the virus and taking precautionary steps to prevent an outbreak. Meanwhile, Romania has confirmed its second case of birdflu – a heron found dead near the border with Moldova has tested positive for the deadly H5NI virus. Birds in Russia, Croatia and Turkey have also tested positive for the deadly strain – as have birds in quarantine in the UK. The EU’s health chief has tried to allay concerns over the threat of the disease passing to humans from food saying it is non-existent. One union in Italy has said people are eating 50 percent less poultry because of the scare. In Rome an anti-fear rally was held by an association of Italian farmers complaining that jobs are being put at risk.
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