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"Why is it taking both the US and the UK government so long to "validate" the rapid on-site diagnosis tools? It simply doesn't make sense.

You say on the website that the UK Health Protection Agency itself says that "For avian influenza, use of the RT-PCR diagnosis tool is now considered essential" ( and that Real Time PCR is "the most sensitive test is RT-PCR for the detection of viral RNA"
But this has been the case since early in 2001. WHY was its use refused then - and why are the authorities STILL dragging their feet to validate such tests when they are evidently being "unofficially" used?

It is impossible to escape the conclusion that they do not want to be able to detect the disease quickly enough to preclude pre-emptive culling. Why this should be is another matter."