Thursday, March 16, 2006

Deadly bird flu found in Denmark

The Ministry for Consumer and Family Affairs said the dead bird had tested positive after being found near Naestved, south of Copenhagen.

It comes a day after Sweden said tests showed two wild ducks found on its east coast carried H5N1.

Danish authorities have set up quarantine and surveillance zones around where the buzzard was found.

The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research said on Thursday a sample from the tests on the buzzard would be sent to the EU laboratory in the UK for final verification.

But it confirmed in a statement the H5N1 virus had been found.
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Bird Flu: Answers to your questions

Concern is growing in the UK about the spread of bird flu from birds to humans and the possibility of the H5N1 virus mutating so it can pass easily from human to human.

The case of a cat in Germany dying of bird flu has also raised fears for pets.

The BBC news website asked two experts, a virologist and a veterinary expert, to answer your questions on the issues.
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