From: "Snowmail - Channel 4 News"
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:12 PM
Subject: Sick Canard
Sarah Smith here - to give an idea of what we have for you on 4 at 6.40pm
Has bird flu flown one step nearer to us? Tests in France are very soon likely to confirm a dead duck there has the deadly H5N1 strain. It can't be long now before an infected bird hops across the Channel. So are we ready for it?
In France they brought even free range chickens indoors months ago. They are talking now about vaccinating the entire poultry population. While almost every dead bird is being tested. Experts here say we need to take better precautions. We can't stop the virus arriving here. We could try to prevent it form jumping from wild foul to the domestic flock by bringing them inside.
Some say it's time to do that right now before we get the virus. We are talking to the agriculture minister and asking why he has not ordered our birds indoors yet.
Bird Flu special reports:
Definition 1: Sick
- Suffering from or affected with a physical illness; ailing.
- Of or for sick persons: sick wards.
- Mentally ill or disturbed.
- Unwholesome, morbid, or sadistic: a sick joke; a sick crime.
- Defective; unsound: a sick economy.
- Deeply distressed; upset: sick with worry.
- Disgusted; revolted.
- Weary; tired: sick of it all.
- Pining; longing: sick for his native land.
- In need of repairs: a sick ship.
- Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within: a sick office building.
- Unable to produce a profitable yield of crops: sick soil.
Definition 2: Canard
- An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
The truth is out there, somewhere.