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  •  Not first case in the UK (0+ / 0-)

    A swan was found dead of H5N1 in Scotland last year.

    This was the first case in a commercial unit and the company involved has a dubious reputation of treating its workers well. Having said that, these were large barn type units kept separate and the infection was only in one (so far found) The rest are being slaughtered and tested as part of the precautions and there are some fairly draconian restrictions on movement in force and all flocks within 2 Km have to be kept inside.

    Kneejerk reactions do not come from knees.

    by londonbear on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 11:33:05 PM PST

    •  correct about the swan (0+ / 0-)

      though the swan was felt to be from Germany and died and was washed ashore. This is, indeed, the first in commercial poultry in the UK, with a very different population and ability to spread than the single swan.

      Because of the ability of the virus to spread (whether introduced by small wild bird or whether by poultry droppings/parts shipped from Hungary, where the virus has also been reported). It does not matter whether it's one of 4 sheds, etc. since if it got in, it could get out.

      Where it came from is going to be a matter of intense interest.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Feb 04, 2007 at 05:12:31 AM PST

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