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February 13, 2006

All aboard the Qinghai Express

Via Reuters: Nigeria bird flu virus almost matches Turkish one.

Genetic sequencing on the H5N1 avian flu virus from birds in Nigeria show it is virtually the same as that found in fowl in China and Turkey, a scientist said on Friday.

A laboratory in Padua, Italy carried out the test on behalf of two international agencies dealing with the outbreaks in animals, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The H5N1 virus was found in dead poultry in northern Nigeria, the first time it has been detected in Africa after spreading across Asia and along the Black Sea.

"It is virtually identical to the birds in Qinghai Lake, China and the chickens in Turkey," Ilaria Capua, who carried out the genetic sequencing at the Padua laboratory, told Reuters.

fect Measure calls it the "Qinghai Express," and that's a good name for it. Just last summer we were wondering what was going on around Qinghai (pronounced ching-high) Lake. A few months later, it's halfway across the Mediterranean and deep in sub-Saharan Africa.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2006 12:28 PM

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