90 Miles From Tyranny : Biggest EVER bird flu outbreak means 48MILLION chickens, turkeys and ducks have now been culled across UK and Europe

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Biggest EVER bird flu outbreak means 48MILLION chickens, turkeys and ducks have now been culled across UK and Europe

  • Cases of the highly contagious virus usually die out in the summer
  • Yet this year, avian influenza appears to have persisted all-year round
  • Government advisers have called the current situation 'unprecedented'
Almost 48million birds have been culled this year across Europe due to the biggest ever avian flu outbreak.

The highly contagious virus — which experts fear could jump to humans and trigger another pandemic — usually dies out in the summer.

Yet this year, avian influenza has persisted all-year round.

Government advisers have called the current situation 'unprecedented' and farmers have warned Christmas turkey supplies are potentially at risk, if the virus continues to rip through poultry farms.

Rates are only expected to spiral as flocks of migratory birds start to arrive in the UK over the coming weeks.

The culling figures cover the whole of Europe as well as the UK, which has killed 3m chickens, turkey and ducks already.

The report, from European health chiefs, goes up until September 9.

Thirty-seven countries — ranging from Norway's Svalbard islands to Ukraine — have recorded cases.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza, which were behind the report, said the 'geographical extent of the outbreak is unprecedented'.

There have been 161 cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in captive birds, compared to 26 cases in 2020/21.

Wild birds, particularly terns and gulls, have also been decimated by avian flu.

There have been 1,727 cases of avian flu in wild birds in the UK, in 406 locations and 59 bird species.

The Department for the Environment (Defra) has declared Avian Influenza Prevention Zones in all of Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex.

In the latest outbreak, Defra said on Friday bird flu had been detected near Bury St Edmunds, and two locations in Breckland Norfolk.

The UK's chief veterinary officer, Dr Christine Middlemiss told the BBC levels of the disease in wild birds was leading to the rise.

She said: 'Unfortunately we expect the number of cases to continue to rise over the coming months as migratory birds return to the UK, bringing with them further risk of disease that can spread into our kept flocks'.

The ECDC warns that bird flu, has 'the potential to severely affect public health' although in the current outbreak so far no human has yet been infected in western Europe.

The ECDC said that despite the exceptionally large number of cases recently detected in poultry and birds as well as numerous transmission events of avian influenza to different mammal species, no human transmission has been observed in the EU/EEA in recent years.

But worldwide, between January 2003 and 31 March 2022, there have been 863 cases of human infection with...

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Feraldog said...

How long until the enviro fanatics begin to , excuse the pun, run around like a chicken with its head cutoff, claiming this as more evidence of global warming instead of a more hearty mutated virus.

Mind your own business said...

What kind of diagnostic test are they using? If it's like the PCR test they used for covid, they'll get nearly 100% false positives.