Alert level as bird flu

Sweden has raised the alert level for poultry to the second highest following an outbreak of bird flu in neighboring Denmark, the Swedish board of Agriculture said on Monday.

The board raised the level to two on a scale of three, which means poultry must be kept indoors.

“We are raising the level of protection as a precaution,” the board said in a statement. “Bird flu is spread mainly by wild birds and therefore the risk of getting the disease to the Swedish poultry is now considered elevated.”

The H5N8 bird flu has been detected at a poultry farm in Denmark, the country’s environment and food ministry said earlier on Monday. Bird flu has been found in a number of countries across Europe over the past two weeks.

Even so, the findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that parents and doctors can take steps while cancer patients are kids to increase the odds that they will get better care as adults, said Kirsten Ness of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Many factors, like the long-term health risks linked to specific tumors or treatments such as radiation may not be possible to avoid, Ness, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Survivors may also not be able to influence things like whether they can afford insurance or demographic factors that might make it less likely that they receive needed care as adults, Ness said.

But there’s still plenty parents and clinicians can do, Ness said.

“Allow the child or younger adolescent to participate in discussions with pediatric provider about health risks as they are able,” Ness said.

“Get a survivorship care plan from the treating institution and hang on to it,” Ness added. “Select a primary care provider they feel comfortable communicating with.”