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

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