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More Questions on Avian Flu


28 October 2005

Owen has asked for answers from the Government,
following the admission that an imported parrot had
died of avian flu:

Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, for what reason the two parrot samples
obtained from dead birds at the quarantine facility in
Essex were referred to in DEFRA press release 471/05
pooled and not examined separately.
(23893)

113
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether it is common practice for field
officers from her Department to pool samples taken for
the determination of H5N1 avian influenza virus.
(23894)

114
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, how many (a) parrots and (b) other birds at
the quarantine facility in Essex referred to in DEFRA
press release 471/05 have been examined by veterinary
(a) inspectors, (b) technicians and (c) experts.
(23895)

115
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what (a) parrots and (b) other birds have
been sampled for H5N1 avian influenza virus; how many
samples were collected; and what the results of the
samples submitted for laboratory examination were.
(23901)

116
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether any breaches of quarantine rules have
been observed by her officers at the quarantine
facility in Essex referred to in DEFRA press release
471/05.
(23902)

117
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether there have been any recorded episodes
of animal-to-animal spread of H5N1 avian influenza.
(23903)

118
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether H5N1 avian influenza is transmissible
to pigs.
(23904)

119
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether any field tests are yet available for
the detection of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in
birds.
(23905)

120
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what the primary mechanisms are for the
spread of H5N1 avian influenza virus.
(23906)

121
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, how long the H5N1 virus retains its
infectivity in the ambient atmosphere.
(23907)

122
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what research the Department has (a)
commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) whether
mechanically extracted exhaust air from intensive
poultry sheds can carry viable H5N1 virus and (ii)
over what distance viable virus transmission may
occur.
(23908)

123
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what progress has been made on confirming the
working hypothesis on the origin of the H5N1 virus
recovered from bird samples taken at the quarantine
facility in Essex announced in DEFRA press release
471/05.
(23909)

124
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what plans her Department has for isolating
premises on which poultry infected with H5N1 avian
influenza virus are identified.
(23910)

125
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what guidance she has issued on the minimum
safe distance to be maintained between premises on
which poultry infected by the H5N1 avian influenza
virus are identified and premises where uninfected
birds may continue to be kept.
(23911)

126
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risks
that random mutation of an existing H5N1 strain may
give rise to a new pandemic virus.
(23912)

127
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what guidance she has issued on the cleaning
and disinfection measures that must be taken in
poultry houses from which birds suffering from H5N1
avian influenza are removed.
(23913)

128
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what arrangements have been made for the
disposal of poultry carcases infected with H5N1 avian
influenza virus.
(23914)

129
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the presence
of H5N1 avian influenza virus in Taiwan.
(23918)

130
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what representations her Department has
received from the Taiwan Government on her
Department's working hypothesis on the origins of the
H5N1 avian influenza virus identified in a quarantine
site in Essex.
(23919)

131
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what discussions officials from her
Department had with officials of the Taiwan Government
prior to publishing the working hypothesis of the
Chief Veterinarian on the origin of the H5N1 virus
recovered from bird samples taken at the quarantine
facility in Essex referred to in DEFRA press release
471/05.
(23920)

132
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the source of
H5N1 infection amongst birds at the quarantine
facility in Essex referred to in DEFRA press release
471/05.
(23928)

133
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the merits of
seeking to develop a poultry vaccine for the current
epidemic strains of H5N1.
(23937)

134
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, if there is any licensed drug or other
treatment available for prophylactic on poultry to (a)
reduce susceptibility to infection by H5N1 avian
influenza virus and (b) reduce virus shed in the event
of an infection episode.
(23938)

135
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what the typical period between the receipt
of a sample by the veterinary laboratory and the
determination of a (a) negative and (b) positive
result for the avian influenza virus H5N1 is.
(23941)

136
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity
of competent laboratories to cope with demands that
may arise from measures being taken to prevent H5N1
avian influenza.
(23942)

137
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, how many laboratories in England are capable
of carrying out the full range of tests needed to
identify the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
(23943)

138
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether the H5N1 isolates recovered from bird
samples taken at the quarantine facility in Essex were
tested for clade type.
(23954)

139
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the
epidemiological characteristics of different clades of
influenza virus H5N1.
(23959)

140
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what assessment she has made of the
distribution of different clades of the avian
influenza virus H5N1.
(23960)

141
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what reasons underlay her Department's
working hypothesis on the origin of the H5N1 virus
recovered from bird samples taken at the quarantine
facility in Essex.
(23976)

142
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, how many clades have been identified in
respect of avian influenza type H5N1
(23981)

143
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether the veterinary laboratory agency
identifies the clade typing of H5N1 isolates recovered
from samples submitted to it for testing for the
virus.
(23995)

144
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what laboratory procedures are used to
identify clades.
(23996)

145
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether the H5N1 avian influenza designation
applies to a group of viruses with distinct
epidemiological characteristics.
(23997)

146
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what screening is being undertaken to
identify the distribution types and prevalence of (a)
avian influenza viruses and (b) their antibodies in
commercial poultry flocks.
(24007)

147
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, whether her Department has identified any
strains of avian influenza closely related to H5N1
already in England; and what assessment she has made
of the epidemiological implications of co-infection
with H5N1 in a single host.
(24009)

148
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, what steps she has taken to increase the
speed of operation of veterinary laboratories in
testing samples for avian influenza virus H5N1.
(24024)