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UN: Expect Bird Flu to Spread Rapidly

Bird Flu Spreading RapidlyThe world should expect more bird flu outbreaks in the coming months, the U.N. official coordinating the global fight against the virus warned, after Britain recorded its first case of the H5N1 strain on a commercial farm.

Dr. David Nabarro said, however, that he did not expect the virus to spread in Britain to neighboring farms because of the quick containment measures put in place by the government.

“This should mean that there won’t therefore be spread … into other parts in the vicinity,” he told The Associated Press on Sunday in Indonesia, the country worst hit by the virus. “That is what I hope, but of course we will see over the next few days.”

He said countries around the world where the virus was not endemic would likely see more cases in poultry before June, mostly spread by migrating birds.

“I am expecting to see outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a number of locations over the next three or four months, and I am basing it on what happened last year,” he said, stressing that the risk to human health remained very small.

Bird Flu Expert J. Rinard confirms by saying, “This year will see the spread of the bird flu through the Asian countries and into Europe. This year may see the first case in North America”

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