Greece’s veterinary services are on increased alert to prevent the transmission of H5N8 avian influenza from wild birds to poultry, after the detection of the virus in a wild swan at the Evros Delta, in northeastern Greece, last December and suspected outbreaks in Bulgaria.
Tests on a wild swan found on Dec ember 14 near the Evros River delta showed the bird
died of H5N8 avian flu, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
In a press release issued on Monday, the prefecture of Attica reminded Athenians that it is illegal to keep poultry in non-confined spaces or outdoors.
“Poultry must be kept in confined spaces, with any openings covered by covers that will prevent any contact with wild birds,” the press release said.