Thursday, February 23, 2006
I recently read an article in the New York Times entitled “Bird Flu Detected in Swans in
, Greece , and Italy .” This is the first time the H5N1 avian flu strain has been detected in the European Union. Last week (February 8), it was reported that 40,000 domestic fowl died from the strain on a farm in Bulgaria —the first time it has shown up in Nigeria . We learned December 30 that this virus hit Africa and Turkey , including 12 reported human cases in Romania . Of note, 165 human cases have been reported to date, and Turkey is the first significant number outside Turkey .