Saturday, March 04, 2006

Avian bird flu

I am getting very concerned at budgie owners who are having their pet birds put down in fear of catching the bird flu.

It was pleasing to read DR JIM ROBERTSON, PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL STANDARDS AND CONTROL answer to questions namely

What should be done with regard to having budgies in an outside aviary and other pet birds in aviaries?


The risk of such birds becoming infected, even if the UK's wild bird population were infected, is very small.

The budgies or pet birds would need to make contact with infected, wild birds or their droppings.

Whilst this is possible, from infected birds flying over the aviaries, the risk is very small.

As a precaution and in the event of avian influenza reaching the UK such birds should be brought indoors or the aviary proofed against wild birds and their droppings.

Bird flu: Your questions answered

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