Avian Influenza: WHO says bird flu spread likely, human cases unlikely but possible

Medical daily (Reuters), 18 Nov 2014

GENEVA (Reuters) - New cases of bird flu detected in Europe will likely hit other bird populations and may infect a few people, though the virus is highly unlikely to spread in the human population, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The H5N8 form of the virus has hit a Dutch chicken farm and a German turkey farm and is suspected - but not yet confirmed - as the strain that infected ducks on a British farm. Asked if more bird populations were likely to be infected,

WHO expert Elizabeth Mumford said: "Absolutely, I would say." "I think we will probably see some human cases," she told reporters. "I don't see why we wouldn't. If it's really circulating widely, there's no reason we shouldn't see human cases."

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