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February 11, 2006

Bird Flu Spreads to Europe: Swans Die in Greece and Sicily

ELISABETH ROSENTHAL of the NY Times has reported on the spread of the H5N1 virus into Europe. Bulgaria, Italy and Greece have all reported dead swans verified to have been killed by the virus:

The lethal A(H5N1) bird flu virus has been detected in wild birds in Italy and Greece, European officials announced yesterday, the first time its presence has been detected in the European Union. It was also detected in Bulgaria.

"The bird flu virus has arrived in Italy," said Francesco Storace, the Italian health minister, at a news conference, announcing that 17 swans had been found dead in three southern regions, Calabria, Sicily, and Puglia.

Testing at the National Avian Influenza Lab in Padua determined the cause to be the A(H5N1) virus, he said, although it was not clear if all 17 swans had been tested.

The full article can be read here:
NYTIMES ariticle

Posted by dymaxion at February 11, 2006 05:56 PM

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