Bird flu could hit Americas within a year -UN aide

Posted on March 10, 2006 

Bird flu could hit Americas within a year -UN aide

Bird flu, already spreading across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is expected to jump across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas within a year, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

“It is certainly within the next six to 12 months. And who knows, we’ve been wrong on other things, it could be earlier,” said Dr. David Nabarro, coordinator of the U.N. drive to contain the pandemic in birds and prepare for its possible jump to humans.

The H5N1 bird flu virus has led to the deaths of millions of birds in more than 30 countries. It has spread to over a dozen new countries in the past month and infected 175 people since 2003, killing 96 of them.

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