Monday, November 12, 2007

UK - new 'bird-flu' case found

A case of bird-flu has been confirmed at a farm in Diss, Norfolk according to Sky News. Around 5000 turkeys are set for slaughter following the outbreak. It is not known at this time if the virus is the virulent H5N1 strain which itself poses a human risk to health. However a 10 km restriction zone has been implemented and movements of poultry is being restricted. The outbreak will concern many in the farming industry following recent outbreaks of Foot & Mouth Disease and Blue-Tongue Disease in cattle. The news also comes less than two months before Christmas when turkeys are the traditionally eaten.

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