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H5N1 Spread In Baltic Sea Region?

Recombinomics Commentary

February 16, 2006

12 dead birds- found in the area of Plön. 5 swans, 2 seagullls, and a heron.

dead birds discovered in Thüringen- geese and ducks

forty more swans are tested (Germany)

"We have received 32 dead swans, a duck, a seagull and a cormorant," said Mogens Madsen, head of the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research's testing lab.

The first corpse of a swan was already found on 12 February at Lelystad by observers of the association for bird research SOVON. Yesterday at Kampen a second dead knobbelzwaan was found. One was alarmed because at first sight the cause of death could not be determined.

The above translations indicate that the number of dead birds in Germany and adjacent countries is significant (see map).  Moreover, the deaths are not limited to swans.  The swans are large and easily identified, but as has been seen in other areas, the number of species that can be infected by H5N1 is large.

Although many European countries are now bringing poultry indoors, swine as potential targets for H5N1 infections are not been addressed.  Sequences from Qinghai Lake have European swine signatures and addition acquisitions from swine could present problems like those caused by S227N.

H1N1 is widespread in swine in Europe and recombination between H5N1 in migratory birds and H1N1 in European swine is cause for concern.


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