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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

H5N1 Bird Flu in Germany

Tests on infected swans in Germany just announced here. Tests to be released tomorrow are also likely to confirm H5N1 avian influenza in Austria. It is probably just a matter of time before this bird flu strain becomes widespread in the EU. Swans are more likely victims than carriers of this virus--it is quite probable that by the time we see Mute Swans dying of the disease, it has already been present in local poultry flocks long enough to infect the swans.

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