Seabirds like gannets appear to be particularly at risk.
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Seabirds seem to be particularly at risk.
The strain of H5N1 bird flu identified in Canada, the United States and Europe can cause severe disease and high mortality in domestic poultry.
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Avian influenza virus — or bird flu — can infect domestic poultry such as chickens and turkeys, as well as wild birds. The H5N1 strain has been identified in Canada.
Backyard chicken-keeping has seen an increase in popularity in the last decade.
Bird flu spreads to humans through close contact with infected birds.
Epidemiologists in protective suits collecting a dead bird from the sea beach in the course of the spreading of the bird flu, Germany.
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Each year in spring and summer, waterbirds mingle on their breeding grounds in Siberia and mix their flu viruses, creating new variants they then bring to Europe, Asia and Africa.
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It’s excellent this virus has been found early, but there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.
Bejing. Bird flu is transmitted in various ways and the process needs to be studied in depth.
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Health workers during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Chinese view of and response to epidemics differs markedly from that developed in the West.
Not every country prepares for global health threats in the same way.
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven’t we beaten it yet?
Women in rural Malawi, outside an AIDS hospital. AIDS was the first of the ‘new’ pandemic threats, after bird flu.
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Red-billed Teal and Egyptian Geese were identified as the highest risk species for avian influenza transmission in southern Africa.
Southern Africa is further south than the ends of the migration routes of ducks from Europe to East and West Africa.
The avian influenza strain of bird flu is thought to spread across continents via wild migratory birds.
Functional early warning systems help countries respond to a disease before it spreads.
A Ugandan chicken farmer rides to market in this file photo. In the wake of an outbreak of avian flu farmers have been told to quarantine their poultry.
Since regular monitoring for avian influenza viruses started, several subtypes that have been circulating - but not all pose a threat to humans.
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They’re coming to get you.
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Livestock and farmers most at risk.
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