Avian Influenza

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tests for avian influenza were carried out in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office

The following table details the number of samples taken from poultry and wild birds which were tested for avian influenza in Northern Ireland over the 12 month period 1 March 2006 to 28 February 2007.

March 2006 22
April 2006 168
May 2006 121
June 2006 32
July 2006 54
August 2006 48
September 2006 123
October 2006 293
November 2006 852
December 2006 278
January 2007 93
February 2007 57
Total 2,141

All test results were negative for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

One test for the H5NI strain of avian influenza in humans was carried out in December 2006. The result of this test was negative.

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