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H5N1, or the avian influenza virus has been isolated in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Laos and Mongolia. Visitors to these countries are advised to avoid contact and areas with poultry and wild birds, as well as ensuring poultry is cooked thoroughly before eating. The virus is currently under close observation by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and has thus far only been associated with bird to human transmission. The virus has not yet developed the ability to transfer between humans, but control measures are being put into play to avoid this devastating possibility. A vaccine is currently being developed to protest people against this subtype of influenza, which has caused a high mortality rate amongst infected humans. This report also includes extended advice for people travelling to infected places.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Food consumer.org
About: Bird flu information
Date: 22 October 2005
Source: Food consumer.org
Author: Centre of Disease Control and Prevention
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