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Preliminary tests have confirmed a case of the H5 strain of the virus, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement.
More tests for the deadly H5N1 strain are under way and the results should be announced on Thursday.
"We are already in a high state of readiness," Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said in a statement.
She has cancelled a national bird flu exercise which began this week to test the country's response to any outbreak.
"I brought to an end the national avian influenza exercise to ensure that we can bring all our resources to bear on this situation."
Officials have set up a 3 km (1.8 mile) protection zone around where the swan was found in Fife, eastern Scotland.
This will cause a mass boycott of poultry in the shops over here i bet
Originally posted by asala
lets just remind ourselfs though, That bird flu cannot be caught by eating a cooked chicken,
Originally posted by Kitsunegari
Not panicking, but I am worried. I know we have a great many UK members. And we wait with baited breath for the test results.
Stay away from wild birds and be safe, all! Good luck. And at this point, it's only a matter of time before it hits the US. So I guess we'll see.
Originally posted by Seekerof
I would assume that most of you who live in the UK are also aware of your governments contingency plans vs. H5N1 pandemic?