Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bird flu has hit Romania. The H5N1 strain is the one that has concerned public health officials. Before you start panicking, remember that the human deaths have, so far, been confined to Asia. It's in Asia that the practice of keeping swine and birds (primarily chickens and ducks) in close proximity is widespread. That may be the factor that is allowing the virus to reach humans, via transmission from birds to pigs, then to humans. That's the route that most flu viruses take, which explains why most influenza attacks start in the East.

Tags = Health and Wellness

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