Europe’s Biggest Tourist Destination Confirms Bird Flu

Spain, Europe’s biggest tourism destination by revenue, confirmed its first case of bird flu.

The virus was detected in a great crested grebe that was found dead in the northern province of Alava, the agriculture ministry said.

Spain gets 46 billion euros ($59 billion) in revenue a year from foreign tourists and the industry makes up about a tenth of gross domestic product. Most tourists come from the U.K., Germany and France. Hotel companies such as Sol Melia SA and airlines including Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA depend on tourism for profit growth.

The Spanish authorities said there was no reason for alarm, and that the case should not affect poultry consumption.

Germany, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria are among countries that have reported outbreaks, mostly in swans.

Source: BBC News

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