H5N1 Avian Flu

August 22, 2005

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According to today’s London Telegraph The virus has turned up at the threshold of Europe. Last week Russian scientists revealed that thousands of domestic birds around the Chelyabinsk region of the Ural mountains had perished after contracting H5N1, which had apparently been transported there by migrating birds. Prof Neil Ferguson, an expert on virus epidemics at Imperial College, London. says “such an epidemic is most likely to start once the H5N1 virus infects someone already harbouring standard human flu. “hen the two viruses can recombine to produce a type capable of human-to-human transmission,”