- "Dr. Mohammed al-Mihana of the Public Authority
told The Associated Press that tests in a local laboratory indicated the
strain was H5."
- The above comment indicates that H5 wild bird flu has
been reported for the first time in the Persian Gulf. The report adds
Kuwait to the list of countries in Europe and the Middle East who has reported
H5 wild bird flu infections.
- However, the above report raises serious concerns about
the ability or interest in European countries in upholding their OIE requirements
of reporting HPAI H5 infections.
- In the Russian mission report, about 2 dozen species
infected with H5N1 were described. Most of the birds had been shot down
by hunters, indicating the birds were asymptomatic. This has been confirmed
with the H5N1 sequences from a crested grebe. The sequence in all 8 genes
was closely related to the Qinghai Lake sequences, although the grebe was
- The outbreak in Siberia is within the intersection of
several major flyways that link Siberia to western Europe, the Middle east,
and Africa. The more recent reports of H5N1 in European Russia further
indicate that H5N1 infections in Europe are widespread. The positive data
from Romania, Turkey, Croatia, and now Kuwait indicates many other countries
are failing to report H5N1 infections.
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