Defra has today
published the final epidemiology report into the outbreak of H5N1 avian
influenza in Suffolk confirmed in February.
The report sets
out the findings of the National Emergency Epidemiology Group who have been
investigating the outbreak in close consultation with the European Commission
and the Hungarian Authorities.
The final report
is a detailed analysis of all possible ways the virus could have arrived in
Holton, Suffolk. No specific proven source has been found.
concludes that the most plausible explanation is that infection was most likely
introduced to Britain via the importation of turkey meat from Hungary. Such meat could have originated
from a sub-clinically infected turkey flock in Hungary which had been infected from a wild bird
source which had also infected the two goose farms in Hungary.
in conjunction with the Hungarian authorities has found no evidence of
undisclosed infection in Hungary and the possibility of infection going undetected
in turkeys is considered to be a rare event.
epidemiological report can be viewed here:
A Lessons Learned report will follow later in the year.
Back in February
when the outbreak occurred, we asked questions
in the way in which Defra had handled the outbreak, in particular why they had
transported carcases across the UK in the manner that they did.
How would meat
imported from Hungary and delivered to the processing plant
have got into the flock, which is housed on the other side of the old airfield
on which it is built.
We also raised
the question of whether this was ‘a
planned event’, in the same way that questions had been raised about the
foot and mouth outbreak, at that time to reduce the number of working farms and
our economic burden in farm subsidies.
So we ask the
question again. Could the H5N1 outbreak have been a planned event.?
After so much ‘official’
investigation which provides no viable explanation, I begin to wonder whether
it is not just about ways to raise more money (whilst the press only concentrate on how much compensation Bernard Matthews is getting), the government and Defra on many occasions showing
that it does not care how many peoples lives or rural businesses they ruin in
the process, especially as the Defra news release
also includes the following: [emphasis is
currently working with industry on proposals for legislation to establish an animal disease levy which would create
an appropriate balance between what the taxpayer and industry are responsible
for in relation to animal health and disease outbreaks.
Destroying Britain from the inside out.