- "Earlier a Commission spokesman said decisions by
some countries to ban all poultry exports from the UK were "totally
disproportionate" and "unjustified". He urged South Africa,
Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and South Korea to resume business as usual."
- Hello Jeff - Oh, yes - business as usual! Bird
Flu in the UK? Nah, not a problem, say UK businessmen. Send out that poultry
to the rest of the world, Japan, Korea, wherever. Heck, if bird flu breaks
out in countries that trade poultry with the UK, just say that the bird
flu came from someplace else.
- There have been a rash of news stories from the UK that
say the next pandemic will come out of Java and not Suffolk. Sure, that
may very well be true, and Dr. Henry Niman has explained all of that...but
don't negate what is happening in Suffolk.
- This bird flu situation just gets me so angry. One country
after the other playing down all of the risks and all claiming either 'no
bird flu' or 'low-risk' bird flu.
- As for the vet that became infected - is the UK is in
denial of bird flu in that vet? Just the process of taking off the protective
equipment can be risky. Health officials like to say it can
never happen, however, we know better. Taking off a mask, a glove, etc
just a little too quicky can cause problems.
- Maybe the vet was so harried and overwhelmed with work
that he forgot to swab his nose or shower behind the ears, etc. ACCIDENTS
CAN AND DO HAPPEN. The UK, however, insists that it is not bird flu infecting
the vet. Let's hope not.
- ....And, of course, there is more risk of pandemic from
Indonesia which has by far the most per capita poultry population, much
more than the UK. More people have poultry living and sleeping inside
their homes than in the UK, and there is more of a tendancy to hide poultry
in Java, etc. than the UK. BUT we would never say never, and never say
that pandemic cannot start in the UK or US for that matter.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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