Know this, we are breeding the next pandemic... For instance, just last week the TBW reported African Swine Flu's mortality rate is 100% and it's back! China and Vietnam have been reporting hundreds of outbreaks of ASF since September. Between 2016/19, 50% of the global population of pigs died or was culled due to the disease and its relentless march around Europe and Asia is showing no signs of stopping.
However, another virus that has Europe and Asia in a tight grip and is reportedly jumping from birds to humans is bird flu.
Just yesterday a large poultry farm in Tzum, Friesland, Holland has been struck by a particularly contagious form of bird flu following a spate of other outbreaks on Dutch poultry farms in recent weeks. All 122,500 broiler chickens on the farm will be killed, and no transport of poultry is allowed within a radius of 10 kilometers. Another 14 poultry farms are concentrated in the area.
The last time the government had to order farmers to keep poultry inside was in October 2020 and it took some eight months before the measure was lifted. In winter 2020/21, more than 22 million birds in the EU died, either because they had the virus or in the mass culls.
A control zone has been declared in northern England around a farm where bird flu was discovered earlier this week. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) declared the zone at 8.30pm last night in Lancashire around Preston, South Ribble, Wyre, and Fylde. This came after the Avian Influenza virus was confirmed at a farm in Salwick on the fringe of Preston. DEFRA said that all birds on the infected farm will be culled. It extends around six miles in every direction from the farm, LancsLive reported. The wider 'Zone B' reaches as far as Bamber Bridge, Lytham, Catterall, and Much Hoole.
"The chief veterinary officer suspects the presence of H5N1 avian influenza. The news is the latest outbreak of the virus to hit British farms. The UK Government has confirmed that there are currently five cases of avian influenza in England and one in Wales. It said that: "Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire on 13 November 2021. At another farm near Frinton-on-Sea, Essex the virus was discovered on Thursday. " Other sites include near Bidford, Warwickshire and near Wrexham in Wales. There were also outbreaks in both Suffolk and Yorkshire last November which led to thousands of birds being culled.
Other outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) claiming the virus is spreading quickly once again. Recently, tens of millions of birds have died or been culled because of the flu virus.
A report by the Guardian today claims: The virus is attracting the attention too of epidemiologists as the virus can be transmitted to humans. China has reported 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza so far this year, more than in the whole of 2020.
South Korea reported an outbreak at a farm of around 770,000 poultry in Chungcheongbuk-do, the OIE said on Monday, citing a report from the South Korean authorities. All animals were slaughtered. Also in Asia, Japan reported its first outbreak of the 2021 winter season, at a poultry farm in the northeast of the country, the OIE said, confirming a statement last week by Japan’s agriculture ministry.
The serotype in this outbreak was H5N8. In Europe, Norway reported an H5N1 bird flu outbreak in the Rogaland region in a flock of 7,000 birds, the OIE said. Chickens at a farm in Hefei, in China's Anhui province. Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic Read more Bird flu circulates naturally among wild birds, and when they migrate to the UK from mainland Europe in winter the disease can be spread to poultry and other captive birds.
The Belgian government put the country at increased risk for bird flu, ordering poultry to be kept indoors as of Monday after a highly pathogenic variant of bird flu was identified in a wild goose near Antwerp. This followed a similar move in neighboring France earlier this month and in the Netherlands in October. Earlier this month, a bird flu prevention zone was declared across Great Britain, legally requiring all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures after a flock of poultry was culled near Dundee in Scotland in response to a bird flu outbreak. Bird flu can affect humans in rare cases if people touch infected birds, their droppings or bedding, or while preparing infected poultry for cooking.