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Tuesday, November 13th 2007

Bird Flu Reaches The West

Not the first case in Europe, but considering the relative down time in the media hysteria this is semi-big news. H5N1 has shown up on a turkey farm in Britain.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said some 10% of birds in one shed at the farm had died during one night.

Redgrave Poultry Limited, which is operating the farm, has issued a statement in which it said it had continued to fully co-operate with Defra over the outbreak.

It is expected that all the birds will be gassed and then put in sealed containers.

They’re gasing approximately 6500 birds. No birds from the farm had reached the food chain yet (they were being prepared for the holiday season).