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WHO to Explore H5N1 Wild Bird Flu in Northern Mongolia
August 26, 2005
On 7 September the experts of the World Health Organization (WHO - WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) will arrive in the capital of Mongolia Ulan-Bator.
The experts OF WHO - WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION will become acquainted with the situation with epizootic disease of ptichego influenza in the Mongolia and will give advice about what measures must be taken subsequently for the stoppage of the propagation of disease
The machine translation above indicates WHO will be traveling to Mongolia to help control the spread of H5N1 wild bird flu, which has now moved across the northern region of the country (see map).
The rapid spread suggests that more southern regions of Russia may be infected. This spread would also explain why hunting in Primorie has been prohibited. The H5N1 migration has outpasced media cover and official confirmation. It is almost certainly in China and may have reached Primorie in the southeastern corner of Russia. In the past H5 in Primorie has been isolated. The earlier versions were similar to H5 at Chany Lake and H5 in Europe. Thus, spread of H5N1 wild bird flu to Primorie would not be unexpected nor would spread into South Korea and Japan. Japan has had resent farm closures due to H5, but the fully serotype of the most recent infections has not been made public.
The rapid movement across northern Mongolia is similar to the movement across northern Kazakhstan, but the migrations have been in opposite directions. As the weather cools, these birds will migrate south. The latest report suggest H5N1 wild bird flu may already be in Oulu in northern Finland, supporting the observations of H5N1 in bird migrating from northern Siberia into southern Siberia. The birds in northern Siberia have the potential of transporting H5N1 to northern Europe and North America.