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February 28, 2006

B2B H5N1 "endemic" in UK?

BBC News Online reports a potentially serious difference of opinion in Britain over the future of H5N1 in the UK, and how to deal with it: Farmers surprised by flu comments.

Professor Sir David King, the government's chief scientific adviser, told the BBC it may become "endemic" and remain for "five years plus".

He also ruled out using the existing vaccine against the H5N1 strain.

The National Farmers' Union said it "simply did not accept" his view that the virus would become prevalent.

"If someone is saying we are going to see this endemically within the UK commercial flock that is a surprise," the NFU's chief poultry adviser said.

le article. We may be hearing similar disputes in the Americas before long.

Posted by dymaxion at February 28, 2006 09:45 PM

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