Thursday, January 03, 2008

Global impact of bird flu

The following is from the BBC

Bird flu continues to hold much of the globe in its lethal grip, with more than 60 countries affected.

Millions of birds have died or been destroyed as a result of outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain as far apart as northern Europe and the Far East.

The number of cases among humans is also rising since the strain emerged in South-East Asia in 2003 before spreading to Europe and Africa.

By the end of 2007 a total of 14 countries had suffered human cases, with Burma and Pakistan added to the list in the last few weeks of the year.

Although the number of new human cases fell in 2007 to its lowest number for three years, the mortality rate continued to rise, topping 60% by the end of the year.

The 300th human case was confirmed in the spring and the 200th death occurred in September 2007.

In June 2007 Indonesia became the first country to have 100 confirmed cases of H5N1 among humans.

I have compiled a list of important links dealing with the Bird Flu:

View the spread of bird flu on an interactive map

Breakdown of confirmed human cases



French swans have deadly bird flu

Man dies of bird flu in Vietnam

WHO chief issues bird flu warning

Clues to pandemic bird flu found

Bird flu: Still a threat?

Q&A: Bird flu

Quick Guide: Bird flu

WHO Avian influenza (" bird flu") - Fact sheet

First Case of Human Infection With H5N1 Flu Virus Confirmed in Pakistan News Release>>

Eight Suspected Human Cases of H5N1 Flu Virus in Peshawar Area of Pakistan News Release>>

Myanmar Confirms First Human Infection With H5N1 Flu Virus News Release>>

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