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Extract from

Monday 24 October BBC World at One

"..............Parrots aren't particularly susceptible to influenza, and this one came from South America, not Asia, the continent from which bird flu is advancing into Europe. This parrot came from Surinam on September 16th and was taken to a quarantine centre where a consignment of birds from Taiwan were being kept. They were to be released from quarantine this week. Although this case was caught in quarantine and all the birds have been culled, it raises questions about just how effective Britain's defences are.

Alan Jones is a leading avian vet and the ex-chairman of the parrot society.

So is it all right to mix up birds like this? Presenter: ...if Europe doesn't agree, is there any way that Britain could act on its own?

Debby Reynolds: No