About: bird flu

Agrifood 26-05-2022

EU farm ministers agree to bird flu vaccine strategy

EU agriculture ministers agreed in Brussels on Tuesday (24 May) to implement a bird flu vaccine strategy as the bloc struggles with the most violent outbreak in its history. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-01-2022

France to push EU states to approve avian flu vaccine for poultry

Two vaccines will soon be tested in France in response to the worst avian influenza outbreak Europe has ever faced, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has announced. The aim is for them to be approved for all 27 EU member states. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 05-01-2017

France orders massive duck cull to contain bird flu

France yesterday (4 January) ordered a massive cull of ducks in three regions most affected by a severe outbreak of bird flu as it tries to contain the virus which has been spreading quickly over the past month, the agriculture ministry said.
Health 18-12-2015

France widens bird flu restrictions to tackle outbreak in southwest

France on Friday (18 December) tightened sanitary measures and restricted movement of poultry across part of the southwest as it tries to contain its first bird flu outbreak in eight years that threatens to hit exports.
Agrifood 17-11-2014

EU to adopt emergency measures against Dutch bird flu outbreak

Dutch authorities said on Sunday (16 November) they had found a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands and set about destroying 150,00 chickens. The European Commission is set to adopt urgent interim protective measures to contain the outbreak, it said.
Health 04-07-2013

Lawmakers vote to strengthen response to cross-border health threats

The Parliament on Wednesday (3 July) voted to strengthen legislation on the EU's alert and response system to pandemics. The text introduces an early-warning system, facilitates the joint purchase of vaccines and will make it possible to declare an EU-wide emergency in the event of a crisis.
Health 28-04-2009

Swine flu alert issued as first cases reported in Europe

While confirmed cases of swine flu have sparked fears of a worldwide pandemic, the World Health Organisation voted to raise its alert level, but did not think it appropriate to impose travel bans.
Health 20-05-2008

EU authorises first bird flu vaccine for humans

The first pre-pandemic vaccine for avian influenza is expected to provide intermediary protection against the deadly H5N1 virus strain until a final vaccine becomes available to health services.
Health 28-09-2007

EU not fully prepared for influenza pandemic

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates that three years of sustained effort from member states and the EU are still required in order to achieve a good level of preparedness to respond to a pandemic. Preparing individual doctors, schools and hospitals is identified as the hardest nut to crack.
Health 28-08-2007

Germany culls 165,000 ducks to stop bird-flu outbreak

German authorities have slaughtered a duck flock after the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 was diagnosed on a duck-fattening farm in Bavaria. 
Health 06-07-2007

Bird flu reappears in western Europe

As the highly pathogenic form of avian influenza virus H5N1 has been confirmed in three EU countries over the last three weeks, member states are raising their alert levels and starting to apply measures to protect poultry.
Health 18-06-2007

Avian influenza

The highly pathogenic avian flu strain H5N1 has ravaged poultry populations in many parts of Asia and killed over 60 people in Southeast Asia since 2003. Even before it reached in Europe in October 2005 the Commission together with the member states had joined the worldwide race against time to combat the disease that may well trigger the first pandemic of the 21 century.
Health 23-02-2007

Europe not prepared for influenza pandemic, experts warn

Member states need to continue efforts for a further two or three years to be prepared for an EU-wide influenza breakout, a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned.
Trade & Society 07-02-2007

EU on alert after bird-flu outbreak

The Commission has urged member states to tighten protection measures, following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus in a farm in Suffolk. At the same time, it protested import bans on UK poultry put in place by countries such as Japan and Russia.
Health 05-02-2007

UN warns of Europe-wide bird-flu outbreak

The European Commission was put on alert after almost 160,000 birds in England were culled in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly avian flu.
Health 20-09-2006

Avian flu – ‘yesterday panic, today forgotten’

The current "nothing's going to happen" attitude vis-à-vis the potential of a bird-flu pandemic is "completely unacceptable", argues the president of the European Health Forum Gastein. 
Health 12-09-2006

First avian flu vaccines get EU-wide authorisation

At the onset of the autumn migration period, the Commission gives the go-ahead to two poultry vaccines against bird flu.
Health 10-07-2006

Commission takes stock of citizens’ bird flu knowledge

A recent Eurobarometer survey on EU citizens' knowledge about bird flu points to some misunderstandings about the risks related to the consumption of poultry.
Trade & Society 05-07-2006

Commission scrutinises Italian poultry sector state aid

The Commission is investigating the conformity of Italian state aid measures taken to help poultry sector to deal with the avian influenza crisis.
Health 02-05-2006

G8 ministers coordinate combat against bird flu

The first ever meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) health ministers agreed that early detection and control of H5N1 at source are the highest priorities for co-operation in the global fight against avian influenza.
Health 13-04-2006

France and Netherlands best prepared for bird flu, finds study

A study, to be launched soon, shows big differences between European countries' level of preparedness for an H5N1 outbreak.
Health 06-04-2006

Bird flu confirmed on poultry farm in Germany

After France, Germany is the second EU country to confirm a deadly bird flu outbreak on a poultry farm in Saxony. No wild birds carrying H5N1 have been detected in the region and the infected turkeys were kept indoors.
Health 30-03-2006

Commission proposes financial aid to poultry industry

Due to the current avian flu crisis, the Commission is set to co-finance 50% of the member states' market support measures in the eggs and poultry sector hit by falling consumer confidence.
Health 15-03-2006

IMF urges businesses to get ready for avian flu pandemic

A possible avian influenza pandemic could cause high absenteeism at workplaces, warns an IMF report. Meanwhile a Hungarian pharmaceuticals company announces finalisation of a human vaccine against the current form of H5N1 virus.