The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu continues to spread throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, threatening people, animals and economies, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned on Monday.
According to World Health Organisation figures, 239 people have been infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of the virus since 2003 and 140 have died, mostly in Asian nations.
More than 220-million birds have died from the virus or been culled in a bid to limit contamination.
The FAO said the southern Balkan area and the Caucasus region were at of infection as they were prime resting grounds for migratory wild birds and health checks and security measures in the poultry industry were still rudimentary.
It also expressed concerns about the continued H5N1 spread through Asian countries and said that Ivory Coast and Nigeria in Africa were also struggling with the virus. - Sapa-AFP