“All That it Takes Must Be Done”- says Knight on Avian Flu

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss concerning the discovery of a case of avian influenza in East Yorkshire.

Sir Greg said he has received assurances that everything possible will be done to contain and eliminate the virus and he has been told that there is little risk to human health and no risk whatsoever to the food chain.

On 16th November it was reported that a case of bird flu had been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in Nafferton in East Yorkshire, the first in the UK since 2008. An exclusion zone around the farm is now preventing all poultry and poultry waste being transferred in or out of the area, and some 6,000 ducks are to be culled.

Sir Greg said that the Minister had confirmed that it is not the deadly H5N1 strain but is H5N8, which is the same as that found recently in the Netherlands.

Sir Greg said: “Lessons must be learnt from this outbreak so that we are even better prepared to deal with such an incident in the future”.

Sir Greg said it was particularly difficult when dealing with a virus that was spread by wild birds, over which there was little or no human control.