Bird Flu Outbreak in UK force Culling of Poultry

Bird Flu Outbreak in UK force Culling of Poultry

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[Best Syndication] Thousands of birds have been killed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N1 virus that has been detected at a turkey farm in Suffolk, which is northeast of London.

British officials have set up a 2 mile radius protection zone and a surveillance area of 4 miles. Most of the culling has began on this Tuesday with thousands of turkeys being killed.

The restricted zone requires all domestic birds to remain indoors. It is prohibited to gather all other poultry and other captive birds in England. Poultry is not allowed to be moved without meeting their conditions that they specify.

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Britain’s Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, Fred Landeg warns that it will take time to insure the health and safety and that the workers on the project will have to stick to strict bio-security procedures.

At this time the H5N1 is not easy for humans to catch, but as the virus mutates it could possibly become easily spread from humans to humans. If the mutation becomes highly contagious for humans it would likely begin a deadly flu pandemic.

By Mark Barone
Best Syndication News Health Writer



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