Background to the scientific opinion
- The European Union (EU) has experienced an epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild and domestic birds in recent years.
- Areas with dense populations of poultry farms are at particular risk of HPAI transmission.
- Vaccination can be considered in addition to already implemented measures (e.g. surveillance, biosecurity and early detections) to prevent and control the spread of HPAI