More test for deadly bird flu

TESTS are being carried out today on 14 birds after Britain's first case of the deadly H5N1 flu strain was confirmed in a dead swan in Scotland.More than a week after the discovery of the bird's corpse in the Fife coastal village of Cellardyke, scientists confirmed yesterday that it had tested positive for the H5N1 strain.

TESTS are being carried out today on 14 birds after Britain's first case of the deadly H5N1 flu strain was confirmed in a dead swan in Scotland.

More than a week after the discovery of the bird's corpse in the Fife coastal village of Cellardyke, scientists confirmed yesterday that it had tested positive for the H5N1 strain.

It later emerged that 14 cases from Scotland were now being checked for possible bird flu. These include samples from 12 swans and two other species.

In Suffolk trading standards officers who will be responsible for any restrictions that may eventually be imposed in the county were closely following events north of the border.

But at present there are no extra restrictions on poultry in the county.

Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer Charles Milne said of the 14 possible new cases: "There is no indication that any of these results are positive. We will have to wait until the laboratory tests are completed."

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