Directly after the outbreak; many pointed at wild birds as the likely cause. Despite intensive monitoring programmes, no infected wild birds have been found in Europe since the summer of 2006. At this time of year, birds hardly migrate and this reduces the chances of wild birds spreading the disease. Birds at the farmwere kept indoors at all times and contact with wild birds in the area was therefore always unlikely.
Wetlands International is carrying out extensive global research programmes on the role of waterbirds in the spread of Avian Influenza; under programmes on behalf of the EU and the UN. The organisation has a strong history of monitoring waterbirds and their wetland habitats at a global scale.
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