Turkeys on two farms near Plock, central Poland, have been detected as suffering from the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
And two in the northern Pomorze region, meat containing the potentially deadly strain of the virus have been found in shops coming from two warehouses, in Żukow and Sierakowice.
Lithuania has put a ban on poultry being imported from Poland [correction - see comment 1]. The Polish government claims that this is against EU rules.
Is it a risk to human? Well, the virus has been around at least since the early 1090s and humans have been infected since 1997. Just over 206 people have died over the years, even though millions of birds have caught the virus. Not one case has been detected of being transmitted from person to person – meaning a pandemic is unlikely with the virus in its present form (though it does mutate).
The humans that have contracted the decease usually live within close proximity of poultry – on small farms in southeast Asia, for instance.
If meat is cooked normally then it can not be transmitted that way, either.
So it will be interesting to see the newspaper’s reporting of these two cases tomorrow. Are we in for more doom and gloom headlines about a bird flu pandemic heading our way?
See Survive the flu!
Deadly avian flue - official, the beatroot, March 2006
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Posted by beatroot at 12/02/2007