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Mute swans have bird flu

10th January 2008

Tests have revealed that three mute swans found dead in Dorset had the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu.

Now other birds at Abbotsbury Swannery, near Weymouth, are being tested but so far culling has been ruled out. However, Acting Chief Veterinary Officer Fred Landeg said the message to bird keepers, particularly those in the affected area, was that they must be vigilant. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the government would do everything it could to stop the spread of infection.

 

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