Suspected avian flu birds found dead on M65

Suspected avian flu birds found dead on M65

Suspected avian flu birds found dead on M65

First published in News

A DOZEN dead birds suspected of having avian flu have been found on the M65 motorway near Burnley.

It comes as an investigation has been launched after scores of dead birds were found on a nature reserve last week.

Neighbours raised the alarm after finding dead geese and seeing ducks wandering from mill pond lodges and dying in local gardens.

People living near the reserve at Lowerhouse Lodges in Burnley estimate that as many as 80 birds have died in recent weeks.

Vets called out to help with are reported to have diagnosed avian botulism, a claim being investigated by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Burnley councillor Charlie Briggs said he hoped the matter would be resolved soon. He said: “The lodges are very important to local people and it is where I go running.

“I urge people to be very vigilant and cautious until this is resolved.”

A spokesman for Defra said they were working with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) to test all birds reported.

A spokesman for the AHVLA said: “The disease is not unusual although it may be associated with deaths in wild birds. Anyone finding five or more dead wild birds should call the Defra Helpline on 08459 335577.

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12:51pm Thu 7 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

This has got to be one of the most inaccurate and potentially panic-causing pieces of reporting that I have ever seen the LT come up with. TH ebirds at lowerhouse were declared to have Avian Botulism, which is NOT avian flu!

Avian flu, "bird flu" such as the H5N1 strain is highly contagious and can also be transmitted to humans without contact, i.e. it can become airborne. Avian botulism is a paralytic disease which is spread by the ingestion of infected maggots from a dead bird's carcass. It only affects birds.

LT, get your facts right FFS before publishing this tripe, because the vast majority of your readership won't have a clue about the difference between botulism and influenza.
This has got to be one of the most inaccurate and potentially panic-causing pieces of reporting that I have ever seen the LT come up with. TH ebirds at lowerhouse were declared to have Avian Botulism, which is NOT avian flu! Avian flu, "bird flu" such as the H5N1 strain is highly contagious and can also be transmitted to humans without contact, i.e. it can become airborne. Avian botulism is a paralytic disease which is spread by the ingestion of infected maggots from a dead bird's carcass. It only affects birds. LT, get your facts right FFS before publishing this tripe, because the vast majority of your readership won't have a clue about the difference between botulism and influenza. rudis_dad
  • Score: 30

3:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

They did not say whether they were Blackburn or Burnley Birds so must be out of town Birds !!! LOL
They did not say whether they were Blackburn or Burnley Birds so must be out of town Birds !!! LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

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