Development of new integrated strategies for prevention,
control and monitoring of epizootic poultry diseases
Time of action: HEALTHY POULTRY started
in November 2004 and is scheduled to end in October 2007
EU budget (funding): € 1.12 million
When highly pathogenic strains of influenza break out in poultry
the consequences can be devastating – around 30 million
chickens had to be killed during the avian influenza outbreak
in the Netherlands in 2003. Destruction of infected birds
is the primary means of control today but, as the Dutch crisis
proves, even such drastic measures cannot totally avoid disaster.
Given the global spread of the H5N1 avian influenza subtype,
policy-makers across Europe are looking to revise their strategies
to better prepare for future outbreaks of epizootic diseases
in poultry. They want to know how best to avoid infection
and, when infections do occur, how best to limit their spread
HEALTHY POULTRY brings together seven academic institutions
from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Hungary to assess
current scientific understanding of epizootic poultry diseases,
especially avian influenza. Researchers will then use this
scientific basis to suggest new strategies for their prevention,
control and monitoring. They will analyse different approaches
and then provide guidelines for the implementation of these
strategies in EU Member States for specific situations, e.g.
at the regional level.
The partners will complement their recommendations with various
PC-models for the evaluation of various control strategies
in different situations, e.g. regions and poultry species.
Moreover, a ‘risk assessment toolkit’ will be
provided. This is a GIS-based system which will allow policy-makers
to evaluate regions within the EU with respect to their risks
for introduction and spreading of avian influenza.
The project will be carried out in close co-operation with
a platform of experts and decision-makers (the ‘users’
of the project results) and representatives of major stakeholders
in the poultry business who would be most affected by the
implementation of new policies.
The results of this project will be presented and discussed
at a scientific conference at the end of the project, aimed
at all stakeholders throughout the EU involved in the avian
Status (January 2006)
The project entered its second year. No final results can
be presented yet. Some of these will be expected within one
year from now.
Dr Helmut Saatkamp
Department of Social Sciences
List of partners (listed countrywise)
DE – Institute for Spatial Analysis and Planning
of Intensive Agriculture (ISPA), University of Vechta
IT – Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie.
NL – Department of Farm Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine, Utrecht University
NL – LEI-Animal, Agricultural Economics Research Institute,
HU – Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent István
IT – Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica, Ozzano