Castillo said that all the people in the groups at risk - children, the over 65s and people with chronic illnesses, particularly respiratory disorders - need not worry, there will be enough vaccines for all of them. She added that the number of over 65s seeking the flu jab had risen by 60 per cent compared to last year, and she hoped that by the end of the campaign which has been extended - the whole of this group will have been vaccinated. The campaign was due to end on November 30, but Castillo said that it would continue until December 15 if necessary.
The central ministry of agriculture, for its part, has sent to all regions, including the Balearics, the full text of a ministerial order which includes specific measures for protection against bird flu. The order will come into force as soon as the Spanish regions give their conformity.
It includes the list of municipalities which fall within the ten kilomotre protection radius of wetlands which have been declared danger areas, where the breeding of poultry in the open air has been banned as a precautionary measure. A ministry spokesman said that informative leaflets and brochures would be distributed to groups and people who because of their professions are in close contact with birds. They include farmers, hunters and environmental agents, as well as vets.
Biosecurity precautions to be adopted in poultry farms, to prevent the risk of contact with migratory birds, will also be handed out.
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