With the spread of the virus across Europe, the Middle East and southeast Asia, the prospect of bird flu reaching Britain is becoming a reality. A leading scientist from the Royal Veterinary College, London, is available to comment on the potential spread of avian flu.
Professor Joe Brownlie, of the Royal Veterinary College, said it is important to house British birds inside where possible.
“To vaccinate the entire domestic stock would be premature because the current vaccine is not highly effective at reducing infection with Avian Influenza - and may complicate clinical diagnosis. Where possible chickens and other poultry should be moved inside where it can be done humanely and there is room in buildings to keep them comfortably.
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