Could the climate crisis be worsening bird flu outbreaks?

Experts are considering whether rising temperatures could lead to more infections, writes Zoe Tidman

Friday 07 January 2022 20:24
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<p>Defra officials dispose of culled ducks at a farm near Nafferton, East Yorkshire, where a strain of bird flu has been confirmed </p>

Defra officials dispose of culled ducks at a farm near Nafferton, East Yorkshire, where a strain of bird flu has been confirmed

As if the Covid pandemic weren’t enough, Britain is also dealing with its largest-ever outbreak of bird flu – including a “very rare” case detected in a human.

Avian influenza has been detected at more than 60 premises over the past few months, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

It has been just a year since Britain saw its previous largest outbreak involving 26 cases between late 2020 and early 2021.

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