British scientists are expected to reveal today (Thursday) whether a dead swan found on the Scottish coast was infected with H5N1 avian influenza, Scottish authorities said last night. linkurl:Preliminary tests; on the swan showed that it was infected with highly pathogenic H5 avian flu, but the exact strain is not yet known. With infected birds having turned up elsewhere in Europe, the UK has been anticipating the possible arrival of the virus for weeks. The Scottish Executive said that it was following European Union rules and putting in place a Protection Zone of a minimum of three kilometres radius and a Surveillance Zone of 10 kilometres around the place where the bird was found, near the town of Anstruther. The British Broadcasting Corporation linkurl:reported; that locals said the dead bird had washed up in the village harbour. Police Sergeant Martin Johncock, said the bird's decomposed body had been taken for...

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