Bird Flu Crisis

Culling begins as Bird flu resurfaces at Tripura - India

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A confirmed case of Bird Flu has arisen in a North Yorkshire Duck farm, resulting in a moral panic across the UK. It is confirmed that within the past week, 3 people in Egypt have died due to contracting the deadly virus, H5N1 Avian Influenza.

Once again, this raises panic about the health threats posed to humans. Chloe Churchill investigates

The biggest risk comes from long periods of time and close contact with infected birds. Meaning, farmers who need to handle and muck out poultry are most likely to catch it. Scientists are concerned that the virus may one day mutate and spread rapidly. A strain named H5N1 recently had the experts particularly concerned about a global outbreak.

H5N1 has killed 60% of those infected. The UK government began stockpiling drugs in preparation, to treat  more than half of the British population.

Between the years 2003 to 2014, there were 667 confirmed human cases of the H5N1 infection in 15 different countries, this lead to 393 deaths.

They symptoms of Bird Flu include; a temperature, cough, headache, chills, aching muscles and a runny nose. These are exactly similar to symptoms of other types of flu.

The most infamous flu pandemic was the 1918 Spanish Flu, this killed millions and it is said that it probably came from birds.

It is apparent that a duck farm in Yorkshire has been tainted by the virus, showing to be the same strain as the one in Germany and the Netherlands. On Sunday a chicken farm in the Netherlands tested positive to a highly contagious strand of Bird Flu, resulting in a three day ban of exportation on all poultry products.

Avian Influenza, or Bird Flu as it is commonly known first shot into the headlines in 2008. This was due to a confirmation that a lethal strain of Bird Flu was found in the UK, after a test was took out on 3 dead Swans that were discovered in the Chesil Beach area, Dorset.  This caused a massive panic across the Nation.

Bird Flu has not been heard for in a few years after the global pandemic spread about, causing worry and stress in millions. The  next round of the pandemic has just now arrived. This is the first case of Bird Flu since the 2008 case, in the UK. Not only are the public worrying about the deadly Ebola, they have now got the stress of Avian Influenza, or Bird Flu as it is commonly known.

So, is there a possibility that this virus could spread to humans? Health experts say that the possibility is low, but all virus’ are unpredictable. The NHS website states “Bird Flu, or avian flu, is an infectious viral illness that spreads among birds. In rare cases, it can affect humans.”

Some Bird Flu strains, such as H7N7 and H9N2 have infected people, but these have rarely caused any serious illnesses.

The H5N1 strain of Bird Flu has killed more than 400 people, mainly in South-east Asia, this is since it’s first appearance in 2003. Another strain H7N9, has claimed more than 170 lives since its emergence in 2013.

A Public Health England Spokesman stated “Public Health England are assisting Defra in the investigation of an avian influenza outbreak at a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.”

The owner of the Yorkshire duck farm has apparently been selling his produce to supermarkets such as Tesco, M&S, Aldi and Lidl. Meaning that the public could may well have been consuming virus enriched meat. All 6,000 ducks from the farm have been took to be gassed to prevent any further spreading of bird flu. This is not something any farmer wants to see, but it is needed to stop the spreading of the virus.


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Tside Audio News Day: Christmas Special


PRESENTERS: the team comes together for the Christmas Special

Tside reporters have come together to create the second addition of Tside News.

In this months Christmas edition we discussed topics ranging from The Middlesbrough Christmas light turn on to a group of students helping refugees in our area.

Click below to find out what our reporters got up to…


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TSIDE writer, Eleanor Welsh interviews globe trotter Evie Buckley, 20 from Middlesbrough, about her traveling and how it changed her life.

In 2013/2014 Evie took a gap year between college and university, she decided to travel to Thailand and Malawi.

During her travels she helped build a school and taught children in a village in Malawi.

Pupils of the school Evie taught and helped at.

Pupils of the school Evie taught and helped at.

“I wanted to travel because I’ve always been interested in other cultures. My mum used to take me on holidays when I was younger which I think made me wanna explore. Plus I don’t really like the cold…”She spent a month in each country with a mixture of helping others and exploring for herself. She learned about other cultures and taught them about our culture and way of life.

Evie booked her travels through a volunteering agency, she said she used travel blogs to figure out her best option.

“I decided what to do by looking at lots of travel blogs and on the Internet, they were helpful. I then decided to volunteer and then go through a company that organises the trip to save money and be safe.”

She said at first she had mixed emotions of excitement and being nervous but then it all went away and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Evie- right, riding a trainee elephant

Evie- right, riding a trainee elephant

“The closer it got the more excited I got but the actual day of going I was really nervous but as soon as I got off the plane all my worries went and I just wanted to explore.”

She said she learned things from traveling and recommends it to everyone as it is a brilliant experience to meet new people and learn and teach each other things.

It has also helped her decide what she wants to do with her future, and how to work towards it in the best possible way.

“Travelling made me learn not to take things for granted and that I can do things on my own, it also helped me decide what I wanted to do at university and my career path.”

Although it was a daunting and expensive two months travelling, Evie returned home safe in the summer of 2014 full of stories and pictures from her travels. She is eager to return travelling, and is considering it for 2015.

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Crafty Fundraisers!: Post from Tees bit on the side

This weekends trading was another rousing success for the D&AD New Blood fundraisers. With everything from hand crafted gift tags to limited print tote bags! Even with the cold weather they banked another £115 to the pot.

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If your in the area and have a sweet tooth look out for the next fundraiser in the Athena building, Teesside Campus from 11am Thursday 11th December!

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Enactus Teesside helps locals and so can you.


COMING TOGETHER: Students help to promote Enactus Teesside

ENACTUS is an international organisation that brings together students, academics and business leaders who all dream of living in a better world.

Teesside University has its very own society who are committed to help transform and shape the lives of those who live locally.

Speaking live on Click Teesside, Business Management student and President of the society, Philip Jordison, explains to Tside what Enactus is.

You can search for the groups Facebook page, send an email to or pop along to the Victoria Building on Wednesdays at 2pm to find out how you can help those in need.

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Exclusive – Kerrianne Covell talks life after X Factor

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COMING HOME – Teesside’s Kerrianne Covell is excited to perform at Teesside University’s SU

X FACTOR contestant Kerrianne Covell is excited to end 2014 with a bang as she is set to perform at Teesside University in December.

After just falling short of reaching the live X Factor shows, Kerrianne is ready to follow her own path and build herself as an artist.

Kerrianne will perform at Teesside University’s Student Union on December 10 with special guests Concept and Emily Middlemas.

In an exclusive interview with Tside Culture and Showbiz Editor NATALIE DEVONSHIRE, Kerrianne reveals secrets about her upcoming performance and her X Factor experience.

Kerrianne is ecstatic about her performance at the SU after receiving a fantastic reception when she performed at the Stockton firework display earlier this year.

She said: “The support from the North East is just incredible! I feel at home in Teesside.

“I’m just so excited to get on stage at the SU and perform to my fellow Teessiders.”

Kerrianne was introduced to the limelight on ITV’s X Factor in September this year when she stunned the judges by singing Adele’s ‘One and Only’ which received a unanimous decision to put her through to the next round.

She said: ”I was absolutely petrified! But this year I felt that I was ready to audition.

“I was mentally ready and I had nothing to lose so why not just go for it.”

Kerrianne stormed through the rounds and bagged herself a place at bootcamp in Nice in the South of France with Cheryl Fernandez Versini as her mentor.

“We got to go on a three million pound yacht and traveled first class all the way. I could totally get used to the life of luxury.”

She continued to say: ”It literally has been the most emotional, exciting and craziest thing that I have ever done.”

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LIFE AFTER X FACTOR – Kerrianne Covell talking to Tside about her future plans.

She unfortunately missed out on moving forward into the live shows but this has not deterred Kerrianne’s dream.

After gaining such a valuable experience with the X Factor she reflects on her journey.

“You’ve just got to keep going and work hard because this is a tough industry.”

She continued to say: “Cheryl told me that I need to find the niche of what I do to bring to this industry.

“I need to find myself as an artist and wok on my music to get my voice heard.”

You can purchase tickets to see Kerrianne Covell at Teesside University Student Union on December 10 from


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Bloguestions! ustwo: Post from Tees bit on the side


Our guest speakers, Georgios and Isabelle from ustwo, answer the Teeser’s Bloguestions!

Q: What 3 words would you choose to describe yourself?

Georgios: Ermmm…. caring, passionate and sometimes egoist.

Isabelle: competitive, positive, analytical 

Q: If you had a time machine and you could go back and give yourself some advice as an aspiring designer/creative what would it be?

Georgios: Observe the world around you and question everything! You will find answers you could never imagine.

Isabelle: Not to worry too much about the future, and try to have fun by engaging in a lot of projects. Try different roles, and don’t be too worried about not having enough experience.

Q: If you could only have one of the projects that you have worked on in your portfolio, what would it be and why?

Georgios: Working on mobile app was an amazing experience because we were working truly agile along with developers, shipping updates very frequently based on qualitative and quantitative customer feedback.

Isabelle: It would still be a project I worked on before getting into, or even being interested, in design. I wanted to explore how to translate dance (which is such a visual art form) for visually impaired with the help of descriptions from a translator. It was both a radio show and dance performance in the end and I had so much fun putting it all together. When I later applied for the internship at ustwo, this was one of the things in my portfolio that caught their attention. I guess the project showed my thinking, action and passion.

Q: What item could you not do without (design related or not)?

Georgios: My second pair of glasses because if this one breaks, I won’t be able to see clearly.

Isabelle: The original Star Wars trilogy.

Q: Is there one thing that you wish that you had designed and why?

Georgios: The wooden peg! Such an impressively simple design but difficult to think of. And it can be used in many different situations. 

Isabelle: Camera! 

Q: Show us your workspace!

Georgios: Many sticky notes, a sketch book, a glass of water, many cables, two screens with sticky notes on them, a old jam jar now full of colourful markers and hip-hop rhymes coming out from Sonos.

Isabelle: (image above)

Q: If you were going to a fancy dress party, what costume would you choose to go in?

Georgios: I have a favourite costume that I use every few years. It’s coming from a band called The Residents; a formal suit with a huge eyeball mask. I try to make this mask myself every time. Not very comfortable but impressive. 

Isabelle: Saffron bun (I’d just paint myself yellow and then wear a cropped t-shirt with a raisin in my belly button) super simple!  (I got this idea from hearing an interview with a 95 year old lady on the radio. She was being asked what one thing she regretted she hadn’t done in her lifetime and the answer was not having gone to a costume party dressed as a saffron bun :))  

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Christmas trading: Post from Tees bit on the side

Graphic Design Year 3 students are on the fund-raising trail again for their end of year exhibition in London. This time, on Saturday 6th December in Darlington, they have a stall for the day at the town’s market. There will be lots of hand-crafted festive goods for sale, so why not pop along. They’ve even been promoting it on the radio!




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On your bike Santa: Huge turnout for local charity


BIKERS: 160 bikes participated in the annual ride


IF you were out and about in Teesside this weekend you may have noticed a few Santas, elves and snowmen riding around the region.

Around 250 People took part in the annual Boundary 500 Santa Bike ride.

The event which has been taking place for the past  nine years aims to raise money for Zoe’s Place, the baby hospice charity.

Tside reporter  Lucy Moody dressed up as Santa and went down to the start line in Thornaby to find out more…


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