North Yorkshire's commissioner said he realises his comments were "insensitive" and said he wished "to retract them in full".
The the H5N8 strain of the virus was confirmed at a turkey fattening premises near Northallerton.
An official Downton Abbey gin has been produced by the Harrogate Tipple distillery in North Yorkshire ahead of the popular TV series' big-screen release. Made in prime Downton country, the botanicals used to produce the gin have been picked from the gardens of Ripley Castle estate.
Communities across North Yorkshire have been affected by the summer storms, which saw nearly a month's worth of rain fall within 24 hours.
The Cardiff City footballer died after the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel in January.
Almost 100 volunteers involved in massive rescue effort.
Lightwater Valley: Boy, 7, Taken To Hospital Following Serious Incident At North Yorkshire Theme Park
A six-year-old boy is in hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
A teenage boy has been arrested.
Bradford council have asked people to stay away from the area.
Lamduan Armitage was discovered by walkers in 2004.