Avian Influenza: a risk to poultry and humans

Widespread outbreaks of Avian Influenza or bird flu earlier this year caused serious concern as poultry flocks in many Asian countries were affected and had to be slaughtered to pevent the virus to spreading. In addition to the livestock and veterinary concern were worries that Avian flu might become infectious to humans. Juan Lubroth, Head of the EMPRES programme, told M. Pickstock that there were continuing outbreaks of the H5N1 virus of Avian flu in South-East Asia and China. It's like smouldering fire, said Mr Lubroth: affected countries have damped down the disease but haven't managed to eliminate it. But now, there had been an outbreak of AI in Africa, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

 

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