Spike Millington, Chief Executive, EAAFP Secretariat
The relationship between wild birds and the spread of the avian influenza (AI) virus has resulted in much misunderstanding and misinformation, with wild birds being blamed for introducing and spreading the disease. In fact, we know that the role of wild birds is quite limited and they are the victims of such outbreaks, the more so since largely ineffective control measures in the past have targeted wild birds and wetlands. EAAFP commissioned its AI Working Group, working with consultant Marta Ferenczi, to develop an educational video, brochures and posters in several Flyway languages to clear up misconceptions about wild birds and AI and promote appropriate prevention and control measures, notably aimed at improving biosecurity in and around poultry farms.
- How to battle bird flu? Saving wild birds, poultry and humans
- Evidence suggests migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses (August 2016)
- Avian Influenza Working Group