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Friday 22 September 2017

Brussels sets up €165m fund to fight bird flu

Poultry flock owners should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their flocks Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Poultry flock owners should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their flocks Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sarah Collins

The EU has set aside €165m to fight animal diseases and plant pests this year, including in Ireland.

The funds will go to help governments fight the spread of diseases including bovine tuberculosis, rabies, salmonella, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, African swine fever and bird flu.

The latest bird flu outbreak has now affected 18 EU countries, including Ireland.

The European Commission has urged “extreme vigilance and strict biosecurity” on farms to prevent contact between wild birds and poultry.

More money than ever has also gone to fight plant pests including Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria alive, which has decimated several olive groves in the Apulia region of Italy. There have also been outbreaks in France.

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