Monday, August 24, 2009
If in birds, we'll need a plan, its Superflu
Two Chilean poultry farms are under quarantine after swine flu was detected in turkeys, the first case of the virus being found in birds, the nation's health ministry and US health officials said yesterday.
Scientists are concerned the virus may combine with the H5N1 bird flu virus, making a more dangerous and easily transmitted strain.
Avian flu has killed more than half the humans who caught it.
Initial tests found the birds do not have avian flu.
It has estimated that as many as 2 billion people could become infected over the next two years with swine flu - nearly a third of the world's population.