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EU Says Europe Is Bird Flu Free

by 5m Editor
21 January 2004, at 12:00am

EU - The European Union assured the public that since they do not import poultry from bird flu afflicted countries such as Vietnam, South Korea or Japan; European countries should not be unduly worried about the disease.

EU Says Europe Is Bird Flu Free - EU - The European Union assured the public that since they do not import poultry from bird flu afflicted countries such as Vietnam, South Korea or Japan; European countries should not be unduly worried about the disease. Nonetheless, the UK’s Food Standards Agency found it necessary to state that the current outbreak of avian influenza in the Far East does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

The announcement comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the deaths of 10 people might have been linked to this outbreak of avian 'flu in Asia.

Some strains of avian 'flu can be passed to people in close proximity to infected chickens and can occasionally prove fatal.

Only a very few cases have ever been reported in the UK and there have never been any deaths. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus so far, but the WHO has warned that if it mutates, it could spread in this way.

Source: eFeedLink - 21st January 2004

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