Brit Bird Flu is the Virulent H5N1 Strain

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has just announced that the strain of avian flu found in turkeys on a Suffolk farm is the dreaded H5N1.

Acting Chief Veterinary Officer Fred Landeg made the announcement at a press conference in London. All birds at the affected premises – including approximately 5,000 turkeys, 1,000 ducks and 500 geese – will be slaughtered.

A large number of British Police officers are at the entrance to the farm, and vehicles are being sprayed with a jet hose.

The DEFRA official while making the announcement said that the lineage of the virus found on the Suffolk farm is similar to the the dreaded H5N1 found in domestic hens in the Czech Republic in July, and in both domestic poultry and wild birds in Germany earlier this year.

He said that even though the migrating wild birds do visit the lake nearby, he could not be sure that the wild birds are the source of the virus at the free range poultry farm. 

Significantly, the infamous Barnard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm is also only 20 miles away from the Suffolk farm where the current outbreak of the virus has been found. 

 Map of affected farm

It was confirmed yesterday that the birds had the H5 strain of the disease. There are 5,000 turkeys, plus 1,500 duck and geese on the farm, near Diss, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

The birds, which are by owned by Gressingham Foods, will all be slaughtered.

Overnight 10 per cent of turkeys in one of the farm’s sheds died showing a higher than “normal mortality rate”.

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Global Bird-Flu Outbreak Map since 2003

Via ReliefWeb,

from the WHO, a very interesting visual diary of the global spread of the H5N1 virus, since the year 2003.

Map of 'World: Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)'

Click here:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/LCZN-77LL5Y?OpenDocument&RSS20=25-P

For:

Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)

Deadly Bird-Flu H5N1 Strain returns to France.

On Sunday night, the dreaded Bird-Flu Virus appeared in France again.

Two swans were found dead Sunday night not far from the location where three swans were killed by the H5N1 virus earlier this month.

The swans were found in a lake at Diane Capelle, in the Moselle region, 9 kilometres from where three swans died of bird flu in early July.

Three swans were killed by the H5N1 strain in Moselle at the start of July – the first such outbreak in France in more than a year.

The French government subsequently raised its alert level to “high”, meaning that birds and poultry in mainland France have had to be locked up or protected by nets to avoid all contact with wild birds.

Moselle’s prefecture extended measures to protect domestic fowl from wild birds that had been put in place after the first case of swan deaths, the statement said.

A wild bird in eastern Germany tested positive for the disease this month. Last month, several wild birds in neighboring Bavaria and Saxony also tested positive.

The H5N1 strain has been found in poultry farms in three other EU countries this year: Hungary, Britain and the Czech Republic.

News Sources:

http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/31-07-2007/95476-bird_flu-0

http://www.cecu.de/633+M5a89c219dc9.html

The Bird-Flu – Is it the Coming Pandemic, or just a lot of Hype?

I realise that the Bird-Flu virus/pandemic is a mouth watering subject for any one, as a potential global conspiracy.

The said conspiracy could originate from various Governments, commercial interests- including of course The Donald Rumsfeld connection:) and all kind of other evil sources.

On the other hand the the threat from the virus could well be real.

I have been keeping an eye of the actual real events, related to the outbreaks of this virus, for just over three years now.

All I can tell you for certain, is that the virus seems to be slowly but surely creeping from the East (from China where it apparently originated from-why do most of these viruses seem to start up in China?) to the West.

Also, each year,  the number of the human infections and fatalities is much higher than the year before.

Mind you, the total numbers of human infections and deaths resulting from H5N1 are still relatively very small.

There has been a lot of research in to the virus around the world and in fact today, there are two IMPORTANT news items related to this subject.

The first relates to the discovery of the fact that different versions of H5N1 infect humans in a different way.Vogelgrippe – Virus

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070716191800.htm

The second news item is regarding a disappointing discovery, that disabling the body’s destructive immune-system overreaction to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, known as “cytokine storm,” would NOT lead to new lifesaving treatments.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/jul1607cytokine.html 

Credit for gathering these two news items, goes as usual, to www.birdflubreakingnews.com.

So I hope that we can all look at this serious potential problem with an OPEN mind and not give in to the panic mongers or indeed to the pushers of the global conspiracy theories!

A Chicken Tale?

In order to lighten the mood after a difficult week, here is a funny “Bird-Flu” post from Kenneth Wong, a blogger from Malaysia.  I found this blog in www.birdflubreakingnews.com

Please click below for  A Chicken Tale!

http://kennethwongpk.blogspot.com/2007/07/chicken-tale.html

Dangerous Bird-Flu Virus kills Bohemian turkeys.

Turkeys at the farm in Zalsi, east Bohemia, have been killed by the most pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus that is dangerous to man, tests in the National Reference Laboratory in Prague have shown, the State Veterinary Administration said

This is the Czech Republic’s first case in which bred poultry has been infected with bird flu.

The first turkeys started to die on Sunday.

The farm has been closed and all animals will be liquidated. Clean-up and disinfection will follow.

Veterinaries will mark three- and ten-kilometre zones from the incidence site in which strict measures will be applied.

Zalsi farm chairman Frantisek Bartos told journalists today that the turkeys have not been delivered to the retail network yet.

“We would have sold them in one and a half months when they would have weighed 18 kilograms. Now they weigh ten kilograms,” he said.

The first bird flu case in the country was uncovered in March 2006. Since then another 13 cases have been registered, always in swans living in the wild. All of them were infected with H5N1 virus.

Here is the link to Ceskenoviny CZ News:  http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/index_view.php?id=258674