calm down, calm down

From BBC news: UK calls for wild bird import ban.

Aberdeen University microbiologist and bird flu expert Professor Hugh Pennington said Britons should not be alarmed by the discovery.

He said the virus had been “doing the rounds of the Far East for about 10 years” but still had not mutated into the “form that we really fear – the form that could infect people on any scale at all”.

The head of the Medical Research Council, Professor Colin Blakemore, said the discovery of the virus would have been more worrying in a migratory bird.

He said: “Clearly birds in quarantine are not in contact with domestic birds, with farm birds in this country.”

Edit: Fly on over to curious hamster’s for a bit of Monty Python.

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