Tests show traces of bird flu in Scotland
Tests have confirmed a swan found dead in Scotland had the H5N1 strain of bird flu, British government officials said on Thursday.india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 22:24 IST
Tests have confirmed a swan found dead in Scotland had the H5N1 strain of bird flu, British government officials said on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Scottish government, speaking on customary condition of anonymity in line with policy, said HN51 had been detected.
The wild swan was discovered in Cellardyke, more than 450 miles north of London. British government officials have restricted the movement of poultry and have implemented a 2,500 square-kilometer "wild bird risk area" in which all poultry farmers will be required to bring their flocks indoors, said Scotland's chief veterinary officer, Charles Milne. Milne said restrictions on the housing and transport of birds continue.
"Tests from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency have confirmed that the sample from the swan found dead in Fife, Scotland, did contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus," the Scottish Executive spokesman said in a statement.
Scottish and British officials are carrying out an urgent risk assessment to determine if other birds may have been infected, the spokesman said.
However, officials have ruled out a nationwide policy to keep all poultry and other domestic birds indoors, as it would be "disproportionate," he said.