- Greece said on Thursday it found samples
of the H5 bird flu virus in three swans in northern areas of the country
which borders with Turkey.
- the three birds, found in separate areas
near the northern Greek cities of Thessaloniki and Katerini, were expected
to be reported in 2 to 8 days.
- The above comments suggest H5N1 has
been detected in Greece for the first time. The timing and locations
of the positive swans suggests the detection is related to similar results
in Bulgaria and Romania. Romania reported H5N1 in swans in October
and H5N1 has been isolated from swans in Mongolia, Askatran and reported
in Croatia. All of the reported H5N1 in swans has been of the Qinghai
- Cold weather may be moving this birds
south from Romania into Bulgaria and Greece (see map). These reports
suggest H5N1 may also be present in the neighboring countries of Albania,
Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
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