Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Night's Black Bird V

WARSAW, March 6 -- "Avian influenza extended across Europe as Poland confirmed on Monday that two dead swans had the H5N1 virus and Austria reported that a cat at an animal sanctuary had tested positive for the virus.

Experts from the World Health Organization, meeting in Geneva, said the spread of bird flu was unprecedented and the threat of a human pandemic persisted.

"Events in recent weeks justify our concern," said Margaret Chan, WHO's top influenza official, at the start of a three-day meeting to prepare defenses against a pandemic.

Chan noted that the cost to agriculture so far was about $10 billion and that 300 million farmers had seen their livelihoods affected." ...

Reuters "Bird Flu Pushes Through Europe, Hits Swans in Poland" March 7, 2006 via Washingtonpost.com

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) with cygnets

Photo credit: (c) Robert BaƂdyga and Gallery of Polish Birds. Poland.Pl
With thanks.


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