Wednesday, January 11, 2006

UN: Bird flu may spread

Turkey’s fast-moving outbreak of bird flu prompted villagers across the border in Georgia to slaughter chickens, geese and ducks en masse today, while in neighbouring Greece, Georgia and Syria, authorities beefed up border inspections. In Russia, nationalist legislator Vladimir Zhirinovsky even urged men to grab rifles and shoot migratory birds to keep the virus at bay.

The European Union announced it would keep monitoring wild and domestic birds around the 25-member bloc until end of the year, and a Swiss soccer club cancelled a trip to Turkey.The measures were taken despite assurances by the World Health Organization that there was no reason to panic and no evidence of person-to-person infection. Read More ....

Source: Toronto Star

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