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.
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
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
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
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
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