EU veterinarians assess British bird flu outbreak

European Union veterinary experts were holding talks Tuesday to assess public and animal safety measures taken by British health officials following an outbreak of bird flu on a turkey farm. The 27 national experts were not expected to take added measures, officials said, after the European Commission said Monday it was satisfied with the quick actions taken by Britain over the weekend to contain the virus, which health experts have already identified as the deadly H5N1 strain. All 159,000 turkeys at a vast commercial farm in Holton, about 210 kilometers northeast of London, were ordered slaughtered after 2,500 birds died of the of bird flu. The veterinary panel regularly monitors EU measures against animal diseases and last year adopted a set of more stringent control and containment rules meant to fight the spread of the H5N1 strain.