Brussels, 21 June 2007
The Czech authorities are already applying the measures laid down in the Avian Influenza Directive and in Commission Decision 2006/415/EC on suspicion or confirmation of H5N1 in domestic poultry. This entails the establishment of a protection zone of 3 km radius and a surveillance zone of 10 km around the infected holding. The area covered by the protection zone and the surveillance zone is classified as a high risk area (area A) which is surrounded by a low risk area (area B) acting as a buffer zone to the disease free parts of the country. Strict movement controls are in place, poultry must be kept indoors, there is a prohibition on gatherings of poultry and other birds and on-farm biosecurity measures will be strengthened.
The Commission will adopt later today a Decision defining the A and B areas.
Furthermore the disease situation will be reviewed at the meeting of the Member States Chief Veterinary Officers on 28 June.
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