Bird flu infects two people in UK

By: trademagazin Date: 2007. 05. 30. 00:00

Two people have been infected with the bird flu virus that has caused an outbreak on a farm in North Wales.

A further nine people are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms or
conjunctivitis following contact with birds infected with the H7N2 strain, the
Welsh Assembly Government said.
The outbreak is the second of this year, and the first time the infection has
passed to humans in the UK. In February, an outbreak H5N1 virus on a
Suffolk farm, owned by Bernard Matthews, killed some 2,600 birds with another
159,000 being slaughtered.

Since 2003, a total of 307 humans worldwide have
been infected with the H5N1 virus, with 186 cases ending fatally,
according to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics published in May 2007.

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