Third outbreak of bird flu blights Torres Vedras

A third outbreak of bird flu – this time in a commercial exploration of ducks – has been flagged in the A dos Cunhados e Macieria parish of Torres Vedras (near Lisbon). As with the other two outbreaks this month among chicken farms, measures of control involve culling all the infected birds (no indication has been given at to numbers involved), checking on methods of hygiene at the premises, and informing other bird-rearing businesses in the area. Compensation is available for the loss of infected birds – 75% co-financed by the European Community.