BIRD FLU TIMEBOMB: NIGHTMARE
Scientists slap this chilling notice on Scots farm as bird flu spreads It's a red alert and I understand why they've done this POULTRY FARMER TOM HOWIE
By Billy Paterson
A SCOTS poultry farm has been sealed off by Government scientists and tested for deadly bird flu, the Mail can reveal.
In a chilling echo of the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, "keep- out" notices were posted on gates which will remain closed until a final all-clear.
Castleton Farm, near Stewarton, Ayrshire, has been cordoned off by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Their officials acted after some of the 40,000 hens fell ill.
Sun 16 Oct 2005
Bird flu victims face forced quarantine
RICHARD GRAY AND JEREMY WATSON
DRACONIAN measures to forcibly examine and quarantine human victims of the deadly bird flu strain spreading across the world have been introduced by the government as scientists confirmed yesterday the virus had now appeared in mainland Europe.
Laboratory tests carried out in Britain have identified the virus that has killed wild birds in Romania's Danube delta as the H5N1 strain that has devastated flocks in Asia, killing more than 60 people.
All vehicles entering and leaving the infected Romanian region are now to be disinfected and checkpoints have been set up on roads entering the area. Exports of eggs and poultry were banned.
Originally posted by justme1640
I don't know if it is just me but I can't get the second link to open. It is quite a find though and I will be looking forward to our UK members take on this also. I would also love to see other links following this as the news progresses.
Originally posted by justme1640
It's working now -- thanks -- that was a good find. I think it is good that they have a plan to put into action but I sure hope it never comes to using it. One reason I think it is good that they have a plan -- how many times have you gone to work, or to a shop, or a movie or anything and there is someone very obviously sick next to you. I don't understand why so many people take pride in coning to work etc. when they are sick. That whole "Well I never miss a day" mentality is beyond me. All they do is infect everyone else.
Originally posted by stumason
Not heard a peep on the BBC so far about this.........
Not too worried really at the moment. At this time, it is a bird disease that does not appear to readily transmit from Human to Human. I am not a chicken farmer, so my risk is extremely low.
On that note, however, I am concerned about the sheer amount of pigeons that we have in UK towns and cities. I am wondering if those creatures will enable the spread of bird flu to the human population...
Nine Isolated In Bird Flu Fears
Nine people are under medical observation in Turkey after reports of 40 pigeons in their neighbourhood died in mysterious circumstances.
Girl 'gave mum bird flu'
By NICK PARKER
and SIMON HUGHES
A MUM killed by dreaded bird flu was last night feared to be the first person to have caught it from another human.
The woman Pranee, in her twenties, was infected as she nursed her dying 11-year-old daughter Sakuntala, in hospital, medics believe.
Originally posted by dawnstar
a stupid question here, not entirely related but....
I heard that they are testing a vaccine on human subjects in the US...
seems to me, that every year, when they begin giving out the flu vaccines, that's when the flu outbreaks occurs.
If they test a vaccine for the birdflu on human, won't that just quicken the mutations necessary for it to spread person to person, and well, possibly make the subjects capable of spreading the disease themselves...creating the pandemic in other words?
why don't we just kill all the birds, that should solve the problem....
It also emerged a Scots poultry farm was sealed off after some hens fell ill with a suspected bird virus. Castleton Farm, near Stewarton, Ayrshire, was cordoned off as tests for Newcastle disease and Avian flu were carried out but it was reopened yesterday after they came back negative.