Dr Rosemary Geller, who has been working with the States to prepare for a possible pandemic, has said people should not be worried about what is happening in parts of Turkey.
‘People in Jersey are not at risk of contracting bird flu at this time,’ she said.
‘I am not advising against travel to Turkey but would advise travellers to avoid contact with live poultry.
‘At the moment the people who have been infected in Turkey have caught the illness directly from birds and as far as we are aware, it is not spreading between humans.’ Dr Geller said the Island has been looking into action plans for a possible pandemic in the future.
‘We have been concentrating on looking into how we can keep the core services in operation should anything happen and we are on the waiting list for more tamiflu vaccinations.’ The Island currently has a stockpile of 25,000 vaccines, which have been described as ‘sufficient’ but a further 25,000 are on order to cover all eventualities.