Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

UK: More swans test positive for H5N1 avian influenza

UK 1 February, 2008

Two more wild swans found dead on a nature reserve in south-west England have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.The results bring the total number of swans found to have the disease at the Abbotsbury Swannery, in the Chesil Beach area of Dorset, to nine since the first cases were detected on December 27, 2007.
Earlier this week an epidemiology report said the highly virulent strain was most likely to have been introduced by an infected migratory bird and was similar to that found in Europe late last year.
It also said the strain of the virus is similar to those found in Europe in the latter part of last year.

DEFRA: Further cases in the coming weeks would not be unexpected.