Bird Flu Alarm

2006-02-10-Bird Flu Spreads To Another Country

Understanding Avian Influenza

2006-02-10-Bird Flu Spreads To Another Country


The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Azerbaijan.Samples from wild birds in the Caspian Sea were tested in London and they confirmed that bird flu was present, a spokesman for the country's health ministry said. "In some analyses the H5N1 bird flu strain was found," a spokesman for the ministry told Reuters.

He added: "Bird flu has not yet been found in the human population."

Part of Azerbaijan shares a short border with eastern Turkey, where four children died after becoming infected with the H5N1 strain.

The news comes after the strain was found in the north of Nigeria, the first case in Africa, and bird farms there were placed in quarantine.

Neighbouring countries Benin and Niger banned poultry imports from Nigeria and urged people to report any suspicious bird deaths.

Bird flu has killed at least 88 people since 2003, the majority in east Asia.

Understanding Avian Influenza