- Hello Jeff - Well, it does appear that the UK scoop re
Bernard Matthews importing turkey meat from Hungary AFTER bird flu hit
Hungary and then trucking turkley meat back to Hungary AFTER bird flu hit
the UK is TRUE and the virus sequence tells the story. A 99.96% match
is overwhelming proof of the connection between the outbreaks. Bernard
Matthews has turkey farms in both countries and has shipped turkey meat
between the two AFTER outbreak of bird flu.
- Beyond shameful.
- Here again, just another reason why I believe bird flu
will continue its trek around the globe unfettered and will not be contained
or eradicated. It sickens me to hear of greedy fools like Matthews. -
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Society for Infectious Diseases
- UK - Final Confirmation Of Identity Of H5N1
- DEFRA News Release
- Deputy chief vet Fred Landeg today (Tue 13 Feb 2007)
confirmed that the laboratory analysis of the Suffolk and Hungary H5N1
avian influenza viruses is now complete.
- The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) analysis has revealed
a very high similarity (99.96%) between the H5N1 viruses found in Suffolk
and the Hungarian outbreaks at the whole genome level. These results indicate
that the viruses are essentially identical.
- "Although other European viruses have shown close
relationships to these viruses, these levels of identity are much closer
than with other Asian lineage H5 viruses for which data are available,
including those isolated from wild birds in Europe in 2005/06," VLA
chief avian virologist Ian Brown said. "The comparison between the
UK and Hungarian viruses reveals a high level of genetic match which cannot
be said of other European virus strains."
- Fred Landeg added: "I am grateful for the hard work
of the VLA which has informed our investigation and current working hypothesis
that poultry to poultry transmission is the most likely source of the outbreak.
However, I must reiterate that we are not discounting any line of enquiry
and this is an ongoing investigation."
- On the public health aspects of the investigation Dame
Deirdre Hutton (chair of the Food Standards Agency) commented: "The
investigation so far has not found anything that raises the risk to public
health.It is still a possibility that infected poultry has entered the
food chain but the risk to public health remains low."
- The 99.96% similarity of the RNA sequences of the genomes
of the H5N1 avian influenza viruses isolated from turkeys in the UK and
from geese in Hungary, and the absence of an obvious precursor, justifies
the conclusion that these viruses are isolates of the same strain of H5N1
avian influenza virus. Questions which remain unresolved, and which may
not be resolved by sequence analysis alone, are firstly the origin of this
unique turkey/goose strain of virus and secondly the direction of travel
of the infection -- from Hungary to England as presently supposed or from
England to Hungary. - Mod.CP
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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