Deadly H5N1 bird flu discovered on Polish turkey farm
www.chinaview.cn 2007-12-02 03:44:16   Print

A worker gathers turkeys after avian flu was confirmed on Redgrave Park Farm in Diss, eastern England, November 13, 2007. Three poultry farms northwest of Warsaw were cordoned off after the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found in turkeys.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A worker gathers turkeys after avian flu was confirmed on Redgrave Park Farm in Diss, eastern England, November 13, 2007. Three poultry farms northwest of Warsaw were cordoned off after the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found in turkeys.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

    WARSAW, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Three poultry farms northwest of Warsaw were cordoned off after the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found in turkeys, local media reported on Saturday.

    It is the country's first reported case of the deadly virus in domestic birds, officials said.

    The outbreak occurred near the city of Plock, some 100 kilometers northwest of capital Warsaw, Poland's chief veterinary officer Ewa Lech said on television.

    Lech said there are plans to cull 4,000 birds, adding that the virus was most likely brought to Poland by migrating ducks, geese or swans and an area within a 3-km radius of the outbreak had been cordoned off.

    "There is no cause for alarm," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on television. "I am in touch with the interior and health ministers as well as veterinary officials in charge. This is not the kind of threat we had several years ago."

    Bird flu was discovered in Poland in early 2006, in wild swans, near the city of Torun.

    The World Health Organization said the H5N1 type of bird flu has claimed more than 200 human lives across the world in 2003, most of whom in Asia. 
 
   

U.N. urges vigilance in fight bird flu despite progress

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries must maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, according to a joint U.N. and World Bank report released Friday.

    The new report said "that the capacity and understanding around communication about bird flu has greatly improved," Senior U.N. System Influenza Coordinator David Nabarro told reporters at the U.N. Headquarters. Full story

Richer nations refuse sharing bird flu virus samples

    BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Richer nations and drugmakers refused to share their bird flu virus samples which upset developing countries that wanted to develop cheap vaccines by the virus samples, media reported Monday.

    Developing states like Indonesia -- which with 91 of the 206 human bird flu deaths since 2003 is the hardest hit country -- want guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that they will have access to cheap vaccines if they share samples. Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
Related Stories
Romania: migratory birds bring bird flu
Bird flu outbreak confirmed in Danube Delta
Home Health
  Back to Top