Monday, February 20, 2006

I for one will always trust a government that failed so abjectly in battling BSE and continiues to fail in fighting bovine TB when they tell us that there's no need to follow the French example of quarantining and vaccinating poultry in the face of the constant spread of H5N1 bird flu across Europe...

Update: As if by magic, Tony Blair appears and contradicts his own minister by saying farmers should start preparing to put their birds into quarantine... (And, irritatingly, the BBC have simply updated the earlier story, rather than creating a new page. I really wish they would stop doing that.)

3 Comments:

Anonymous iFlu.org said...

The problem with vaccinating poultry is that it does nothing to prevent the disease. Whilst a vaccinated bird won't show signs of illness, it will still be able to spread the virus. A consumer therefore will not know (because the producer will not know) whether the meat is H5N1-free or not. Besides the obvious threat to human health, this will also make it harder to detect the virus on the ground.

China has undertaken a complete vaccination of their poultry and is now detecting human cases where no obvious signs of the virus exist. That is the sort of thing one might expect if all poultry were vaccinated, although it isn't clear that this is the cause in these cases.

2/20/2006 11:49:00 am  
Blogger strangely rouge said...

Perhaps they're thinking if the whole of Western Europe protects itself we'll be fine. Like invading Poland as buffer..

seriously, I'd trust the Farmer's unions less than the EU governments. They'd get better money from compensation with a mass culling than they would from selling their birds to supermarkets. I only have cynicism as evidence for my last statements, but oh my what cynacism

2/20/2006 11:52:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually iflu.org there is no danger to humans from eating chickens, infected or not.

The idea is to stop the virus spreading, and a vaccination effort combined with confining all poultry indoors is the most effective means of doing that.

2/20/2006 12:27:00 pm  

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