Bird Flu :: Need for preparedness for potential flu pandemic

Warning that the H5N1 virus responsible for bird flu could still transform itself into the next human influenza pandemic, a senior United Nations specialist has stressed the need to ensure that the world can respond promptly and effectively in the case of an outbreak.

Bird Flu :: Mutated bird flu virus more infectious to humans

Since it first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, the H5N1 avian flu virus has been slowly evolving into a pathogen better equipped to infect humans. The final form of the virus, biomedical researchers fear, will be a highly pathogenic strain of influenza that spreads easily among humans.

Bird Flu :: Avian influenza detected in Saskatchewan

Highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza has been detected in a commercial poultry operation in Saskatchewan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. This virus is not the same as the strain circulating in Asia, Africa and Europe, which has been associated with human illness.

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