Virologists were warning of this situation in the late 1900s/early 2000s. They were also concerned of the potential of the virus to produce influenza mutations which are more easily transmissible to mammals.
So, which makes more sense?
The recent publication by United Nations FAO also points out the same ideas. More details are on the link at www.cms.int/sites/default/files/publication/avian_influenza_2023_aug.pdf
Updates on the bird flu situation are also available on the IRDC page at https://www.facebook.com/IndianRunnerDuckClub/ and the APHA page www.facebook.com/APHAGov .
For the latest situation in England please access the Bird flu H5N1 (avian influenza) APHA Information Page: www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-avian-influenza-latest-situation-in-england
For the latest situation in Wales please access the Bird flu H5N1 (avian influenza) Welsh Government Information Page: www.gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update
For the latest situation in Scotland please access the Bird flu H5N1 (avian influenza) APHA Information Page: www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/
For the latest situation in Northern Ireland please access the Bird flu H5N1 (avian influenza) DAERA Information Page: www.daera-ni.gov.uk/ai
The virus continued to move across Europe and by November 2016, 190,000 ducks were culled inthe Netherlands.Following the discovery of cases in wild birds in northern France and further outbreaks across Europe, the disease has been linked to migratory birds. Cases were discovered in gulls in Pas-de-Calais and Haute-Savoie.
The 2016 European situation led to the UK Chief Vet declaring a 'Prevention Zone' (from December 6, 2016) with enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds. Since then, there has been an outbreak in turkeys at Louth Linconshire, and incidences in wild birds in South Wales (22 Dec) and in Somerset and Leicestershire. A case in wild wigeon was also reported in Northern Ireland (31.12.16).
Up-to date information on bird flu within Europe can be found on the European Union website: https://food.ec.europa.eu/animals/animal-diseases/diseases-and-control-measures/avian-influenza_en
Page last updated: 30th October 2023