Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Salmonella Stanley in Britain

Already discrepancies about the UK’s place in this emerging human and animal health outbreak are appearing.

Compare this report here, from the ECCPC (not mentioning Britain) with what follows.

"...The Salmonella Stanley infection involving 167 confirmed and 254 probable cases has been reported in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland. Food and veterinary investigations conducted in these Member States suggest a likely connection to the turkey production chain and the outbreak..."

A brilliant report from Gretchen Goetz from Food Safety News in the United States, here that places cases in Britain, even providing a map.

"...The first cases associated with this outbreak occurred in Hungary in August of 2011, but the outbreak was not detected until late June 2012, when health officials were alerted to the fact that an unusually high number of S. Stanley infections had been reported in Belgium. Since that time, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom have all reported cases of S. Stanley with a DNA fingerprint indistinguishable from the strain being tracked in Belgium..."

Her map places cases outside our door, in the same East Anglia so often abused and battered by everything veterinary corruption can throw at us for so long. (Bird Flu in turkeys for example)

The omission of Britain from disease reports is very typical of what we have come to expect in Britain: a national media in the iron grip of a panicking veterinary establishment, even extending their influence abroad.

The “embargo” will break of course, and no doubt someone will find an obscure news release in an underused site to show that we are wrong and that Defra, Britain's oft discredited government department, faithfully reported everything at the earliest opportunity. We are used to that too.

But we have checked the main news for the past week in Britain on the usual search engines – nothing apart from one food production publication.

Now Salmonella Stanley may not be the biggest zoonotic disease issue facing us, but the lack of transparency originating  in veterinary Britain is a long-standing disease that threatens us all.

Once again, we have to rely on the United States to tell us what is happening in Britain.