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Bird flu measures announced

20th September 2006

10042006_flying_swans.jpgThe Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced new measures to prevent an outbreak of bird flu in Britain.

In order to address fears that bird flu could arrive through migrating birds a surveillance operation will be mounted to check for infected wild birds, concentrating on favourite spots of migrating waterfowl.

The programme is being introduced in time for the autumn migration of water birds from more northerly latitudes. It will test three main groups of wild birds:

• Live birds (which are then released);
• Shot birds (shot as part of normal legal wild fowling activities); and
• Certain species of dead wild birds found in designated areas.

The particular species to be targeted will be those thought to be a greater risk for introducing avian flu such as ducks, geese, swans, gulls and waders.

The zones to be included in the surveillance include the northern and West Midlands, the south coast, parts of the West Country, Anglesey, eastern Scotland and much of East Anglia. The programme will also focus on poultry farms which could be at risk from the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Defra said the likelihood of a dead wild bird found to be infected is very small, although Britain's deputy chief vet Fred Landeg expressed concerns in August over bird flu being passed to farm birds by migrating birds.

UK's Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said “This new targeted strategy ensures that our operation is as sharp as possible?.  She added “We are doing most work in areas where there is a greater likelihood of finding virus but we will continue to be vigilant in checking for avian influenza right across the UK."

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Brian Laks

Thursday 21st September 2006 @ 20:18

Does anyone know if they are using Nanomasks to help prevent human to human spread?

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