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The spring migration of birds may lead to the spread of bird flu throughout European Russia
The spring migration of birds may lead to the spread of bird flu throughout European Russia, the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare said Monday. In a letter addressed to regional health authorities, agency head Gennady Onishchenko said the H5N1 virus had acquired the capability to infect humans, a precursor to a pandemic. As of November 1, a total of 124 cases of humans infected with the bird flu virus were registered in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia, 63 of them fatal. "The World Health Organization forecasts the emergence in the years to come of a new flu virus, which the population will not be immune from, and this may result in a big pandemic of influenza," Onishchenko said. There have been no human cases of bird flu registered in Russia.
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