Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fourth swan tests positive for H5N1 bird flu in UK

LONDON (Reuters) - A fourth swan in southern England has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, Britain’s farm ministry said on Wednesday.

“There is currently no evidence to suggest widespread disease in the wild bird population but enhanced surveillance is taking place and poultry keepers in the area are reminded to remain vigilant,” a spokeswoman said.

Last week, the ministry confirmed that three wild swans at a bird sanctuary in Dorset had died from the virus. In the latest case, the dead swan was collected on January 11 as part of a wild bird surveillance program in the same area.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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