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September 14, 2005

EU to co-fund national surveillance programs

A European Commission proposal to approve member states' individual surveillance plans for avian influenza, and to provide up to 50% co-funding for the programmes, has been endorsed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.

The EU will contribute an initial €884,000 (US$1.1m) towards the costs of these surveillance programmes for the period July 2005 to January 2006, and further funds will be made available as necessary. The approved programmes outline the number of samples that will be taken from both wild and domestic birds in each member state, and the type and number of tests that will be done. In certain cases, the type of birds that will be tested is also detailed.


Posted by dymaxion at September 14, 2005 01:24 PM

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