Wild Birds Likely to Spread Bird Flu Far and Wide

Duck farm in Thailand with newly installed net to keep ducks
and wild birds apart, a measure against spread of the avian
flu virus.

“The deadly strain of bird flu that has hit several countries in Asia is likely to be carried over long distances along the flyways of wild water birds to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and Africa, with the potential to trigger a global human pandemic, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

“Avian influenza is an international problem that definitely needs a strong international response,” FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech told a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.” [Read more]