As we approach August, the UK has officially experienced its longest ever outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu). In this time, over 1000 cases of avian influenza have been detected in poultry species spanning from chickens and ducks, to geese and seabirds.
In light of this, a new consortium including researchers from eight leading institutes around the UK, are set to join forces on a new government-backed research project in which they will further investigate the H5N1 strain of influenza.
The project, known as FluMap, has received £1.5 million in funding from the UK government and will enable researchers to assess how the H5N1 strain has evolved in recent years and its mode of transmission onto poultry farms across the nation.
The following institutes are who form the consortium:
• Royal Veterinary College
• University of Cambridge
• Pirbright Institute
• Imperial College London
• Roslin Institute
• University of Leeds
• University of Nottingham
Read more about the development of this consortium here.