So H5N1 is back in the UK. That’s bird flu to the non-scientific. Turkeys are again being culled in East Anglia as vets attempt to get the virus under control; and that’s the Christmas turkey up in price, despite the fact that enough will be imported from abroad.
And again the warnings are coming, warning about the dangers of wild birds flying here from eastern Europe. But what can we do? The European Union borders are open and we cannot expel them.
Sorry to be satirical, but really.
The last epidemic was put down to wild birds and, as I said at the time, it wasn’t. It was caused by the transportation of dead birds from an infected area.
This is the sign of the real problem, which will eventually bring bird flu en masse and cause a worldwide pandemic. Put simply, our borders are too open, and too many people are flying from here to there.
Of course, there’s nothing we can do about it. We have the freedom to travel, and quite right, too. But I wish the authorities would be honest, and make it clear that, when it comes, we will have brought it upon ourselves.
© Anthony North, November 2007
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