Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Veterinarian monitored for possible bird flu

UPDATE to story:(February 07,2007)

A vet called in to deal with the outbreak of bird flu in Suffolk after he was admitted to hospital with what was described as a “mild respiratory illness”, has not been infected with the H5N1 virus, the Health Protection Agency said on Wednesday.

“We are confirming that he has tested negative for avian flu and for normal flu,” a spokeswoman for the agency said. “He will now be treated as a normal patient.” a spokesperson said.

A worker involved in the cull of 160,000 turkeys in Britain’s first outbreak of deadly bird flu is being monitored in hospital with a mild respiratory complaint, the Health Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

British media said the person was a government veterinarian, but the agency would not confirm this.

It said a number of tests were being carried out, one of which was for possible contamination with the H5N1 avian flu virus.

“It is a person who was involved after the outbreak so would have been issued with full protective gear and already be on a course of antivirals, an HPA spokesman said.

“The person is not seriously ill—it could be normal winter flu—and it is highly unlikely was exposed to H5N1. Among the tests is one for H5N1. We should get the results tomorrow,” he added.

Workers wearing white protective suits, black gloves and masks took the livestock away in crates to be gassed after discovery of the disease on a farm run by Europe’s largest turkey producer, Bernard Matthews.

Avian influenza story source: Reuters

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