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The UK H5N1 avian flu outbreak

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39119.479595.94 (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:291
  1. Anne Griffin, Clegg scholar and fourth year medical student (agriffin@bmj.com)
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    “A rough timeline of the H5N1 outbreak last week. Tuesday morning, January 30, 2007: 71 dead birds found on the turkey farm in Suffolk. Wednesday morning: 186 turkeys found dead. Thursday morning: 860 dead birds discovered. Friday morning: more than a thousand more dead birds found. Friday evening: veterinarians from the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs finally reach Bernard Matthews' turkey farm. Saturday: the European Union announces that the blood of dead turkeys from the Suffolk farm reveals the presence of the H5N1 virus, and this is the most likely cause of death for more than 2600 birds in less than 96 hours. Saturday and Sunday: a 2000 square kilometre quarantine zone (of varying levels of confinement) is imposed around the …

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