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Bird Flu Detected in Scotland

Recombinomics Commentary 17:11
March 14, 2008

BIRD flu has been detected at an Edinburgh farm sparking fears of an outbreak in the Capital.

Routine tests by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found strains of the virus in some birds at the farm - believed to be Easter Norton Farm, in Newbridge.

The above comments suggest that bird flu has once again been detected in Great Britain.  In the recent past, both H5N1 and H7 outbreaks have been reported, including H5N1 in Scotland

Media reports suggest the current outbreak is not H5N1, which is likely based on mortality.  However, the type of bird infected has not been released, and H5N1 can produce asymptomatic infections in waterfowl.

More detail on the species and symptoms would be useful, although more detail on the virus is expected shortly.

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