by Jerome a Paris
Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 11:17:50 AM EST
UPDATE 10-14-05 17:11 by whataboutbob I have moved Jerome's original post of ysterday below, to give you an update. On Swiss radio there are asking people to keep calm, but to become educated, regarding the finding of the Avian Flu virus in Turkey. Below is the latest statement from WHO: WHO Avian Flu update
The WHO reports that the H5N1 virus does not spread easily from one person to another.
WHO continues to recommend that travellers to areas experiencing outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 in poultry should avoid contact with live animal markets and poultry farms. Large amounts of the virus are known to be excreted in the droppings from infected birds. Populations in affected countries are advised to avoid contact with dead migratory birds or wild birds showing signs of disease.
Direct contact with infected poultry, or surfaces and objects contaminated by their droppings, is considered the main route of human infection. Exposure risk is considered highest during slaughter, defeathering, butchering, and preparation of poultry for cooking. There is no evidence that properly cooked poultry or poultry products can be a source of infection.
Countries located along migratory routes need to be vigilant for signs of disease in wild and domestic birds. Recent events make it likely that some migratory birds are now implicated in the direct spread of the H5N1 virus in its highly pathogenic form. © World Health Organization 2005. All rights reserved
So says the European Commission in a news release this morning. More news to follow later. Don't hesitate to post updates in the comments if you find any.
Update [2005-10-13 10:4:35 by Jerome a Paris]: From the Commission's press release, via the comments:
The Commission is taking further action following the confirmation last night of the presence of avian influenza H5 virus in Romania and the results from the EU laboratory this morning indicating that the avian influenza virus in Turkey is H5N1 closely related to a virus detected in a wild bird in central Asia a few months ago. The measures will be discussed at an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels this afternoon.