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black propaganda
22.11.05

Bird flu at quarantine centre was discovered only by chance : Ministers tried to cover up the true scale of the fiasco surrounding an outbreak of deadly bird flu at a private quarantine facility in Essex. An investigation by The Independent has found that the discovery of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza at the centre occurred by chance. Senior officials and ministers had implied the find was made because of scientific thoroughness. It has emerged that measures designed to alert veterinary authorities to the presence of avian flu failed and it was only the fortuitous death of a parrot from other causes that led to the truth being uncovered.