12 April 2006

Bird Flu Update: Sorry, False Alarm

So it seems the country has screwed up again. All this hysteria over bird flu, all these draconian restrictions hastily put in place were all for nothing. It turns out the swan that died of bird flu and posed a threat to all our lives was not a native British mute swan, it was in fact a Brazilian electrician swan. Apparently it's very easy to confuse the two although questions remain of why it took almost a fortnight to identify and re-assess the threat. The official word is that they just got very lucky and it should have taken the more usual six weeks and then a further year long enquiry to confirm the fact that the Brazilian swan posed *no threat* whatsoever to the rest of us.