Avian Flu

Posted on March 9, 2006  Comments (2)

Bird Flu Virus Microscope Photo

Photo of the Bird Flu virus, courtesy of 3DScience.com.

Avian Flu (site broke link so I removed it), World Health Organization Meeting to Discuss Avian Flu Pandemic as Bird Flu Continues to Spread Through Europe

World Health Organization officials are meeting in Geneva to consider the possibility of a global human bird flu pandemic as the deadly H5N1 strain continues to spread rapidly in birds.

Top influenza official Margaret Chan said the outbreak in poultry is historically unprecedented. She said the deadly virus presents a greater challenge to the world than any other emerging infectious disease.

The meeting was called to plan a response in case the bird flu virus mutates into a widespread human flu virus.

2 Responses to “Avian Flu”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » H5N1 Influenza Evolution and Spread
    November 24th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    “The current H5N1 virus is apparently not well “fitted” to replication in humans, although the genetic makeup of a small proportion of humans supports attachment and replication of the virus”…

  2. CuriousCat: Bird Species Plummeted After West Nile
    May 17th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    […] “As expected, American crows were among the worst hit, suffering declines of as much as 45 percent in some regions and wipeouts of 100 percent in some smaller areas. Other species that suffered included the blue jay, the tufted titmouse, the American robin” […]

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