Bird flu fears hit poultry price

by 5m Editor
7 March 2006, at 12:00am

WALES - A state of alert over bird flu could last for five years even if it never arrives in Britain. The warning from Wales&#39; chief vet Christianne Glossop follows the prediction from the Government&#39;s chief scientific adviser Sir David King that avian influenza will inevitably arrive in UK and may become endemic in wild birds. &quot;We are in a state of alert and we may have to be in this position for months,&quot; said Dr Glossop. &quot;An outbreak could happen tomorrow, it could happen in six months and it might never happen. But we are ready and we have plans to deal with it.&quot; The warnings come as prices for live birds slump across Wales amid reports of owners off-loading birds to avoid the possible consequences of an outbreak. <i>Source: icWales</i>

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