Thursday, June 16, 2005

BIRD FLU NOW IN U.S.!

From UnknownCountry:
Bird Flu Found on Duck Farm in Upstate New York
One of the first cases of bird flu in poultry in the United States has been found in ducks living on a pond in New York State. This has caused South Korea to halt the importation of poultry from New York. Bird flu originated and is epidemic in Asia. While the strain of bird flu infecting the ducks is not a virus that can infect humans, it could develop into one.

The strain infecting the New York ducks is called H7N2. Some varieties of the H7 virus can be easily transmitted from one human to another, but so far, it usually causes only a mild case of the flu.