Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Update on Abbotsbury Bird 'Flu Outbreak


A fifth (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dorset/content/articles/2008/01/10/bird_flu_abbotsbury_feature.shtml) swan has apparently tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird 'flu. The Centre is currently closed with a 20 km exclusion zone from Abbotsbury to Portland. This is further bad news (and will hit the finances of the Swannery) but the numbers of confirmed infected birds is, at least, modest and (apparently) containable. There appears to be no evidence of the virus appearing at adjacent bird locations (http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/mostpopular.var.1957040.mostcommented.bird_flu_alert_at_abbotsbury_swannery_updated.php).

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