'Councils are wise to prepare. The impact of a spread of a human strain, although a long way off, would
Performance improvement manager,
'Anybody who ignores the potential just needs to think back to the foot and mouth fiasco!'
Director of strategic resources, Peterborough City Council
'The only thing residents have to fear is fear itself. Unless, of course, they are chickens.'
Head of communications, Shropshire CC
'Bird flu is transmitted via contact with the virus in birds' blood, mucus or faeces, so ordinary residents should not be at risk.'
Dr Sue Lammin
Head of environmental & community health, Huntingdonshire DC
'The health threat may be limited, but this does not reduce its potential to cause harm through confusion and panic.'
Environment services manager,
'We must be vigilant. If it mutates into being able to be passed from human to human that is when the major problems will occur.'
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