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August 28, 2007

Bird flu in German farm more serious than previously thought

Via Xinhuanet: Bird flu in German farm more serious than previous thought

. Excerpt:

The bird flu found on a southern German farm last week has infected more poultry than previously thought, local authority said Tuesday.

Tests show that birds in three enclosures, instead of only one, in the farm near the southern German city of Erlangen have been infected with bird flu, director of the local veterinary authority Ottmar Fick said Tuesday.

However, it was unclear whether all these birds were infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, which experts believe could transfer to humans, he said.

Earlier reports say some ducks which died suddenly in the farm have been tested positive for the H5N1 virus and experts are still trying to find out where the virus originated.

Meanwhile, Fick said it was not clear whether infected birds had been offered for sale commercially.

"We cannot exclude delivery," he said.

Posted by dymaxion at August 28, 2007 09:17 PM

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