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Avian Influenza 5 February 2007

The outbreak of Avian Influenza in Suffolk is currently being contained and effectively dealt with by the UK’s State Veterinary Service.

On the Isle of Man, DAFF’s Animal Health Division is closely monitoring the UK’s response and its current contingency plans will be reviewed in the light of any experience gained or lessons learnt in dealing with the Suffolk incident.

The level of risk to the Island’s small poultry industry remains unchanged. The risk to the general public in the UK and the Isle of Man is currently negligible.

It is important to stress that H5N1 is overwhelmingly a disease that affects birds - and not humans. The World Health Organisation is closely monitoring the virus for any changes that make human infection more likely; their view of the threat level has not changed.

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