posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 06:33 PM
The spread of the Avian Bird Flu continues at an alarming rate with Finland reporting positive samples for bird flu which has been found in several
migratory gulls. The birds were in the northwest of the country and the virus was found in several birds both living and dead at Oulu. Finland has
since 2002 taken regular blood samples from both poultry and migratory birds and this is the first time positive results have been found in the
current 2006 operation which has just started. Final analysis of the samples is expected to take three weeks but Authorities are saying that the
samples are not of a strain of the disease that is fatal to humans.
The announcement by the Finnish authorities was made a day after European Union veterinary experts met to consider steps after the appearance of bird
flu in Russia.
They called on EU members to raise their guard against the spread of bird flu but declined to follow the Netherlands' lead and impose a ban on
keeping poultry outside.
"A number of actions were agreed at the meeting, including a review of contingency plans and increased vigilance to ensure that existing measures
such as import bans are fully enforced," the EU's executive commission said in a statement.
Before the meeting a Finnish agriculture ministry expert told AFP that the risks of the epidemic spreading to her country were remote.
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It cannot be certain for these next three weeks of exactly which strain of avian bird flu has been found but it seems that the spread is now
skyrocketing. Reports are filtering out of China about a possible 3000 nomads dying of the disease and rioting caused by quarantines imposed by the
Whether these reports are true remain to be seen as the media blanket over China is creating difficulties ascertaining the spread of the virus.
[edit on 26-8-2005 by Mayet]