- In impoverished Afghanistan, the government
and the United Nations said the= H5 subtype of the bird flu virus has been
found in a small number of poult= ry but it was not yet known if it was
the deadly H5N1 strain.
- "H5 has been found in five samples
in Afghanistan. The N sub-type, we're ex= pecting that to be determined,
possibly in a matter of hours," U.N. spokesm= an Adrian Edwards told
the news conference.
- The FAO said there was a high risk the
virus was the deadly H5N1 strain.
- Afghanistan had satisfactory facilities
to detect outbreaks but containing = them would be a concern, said FAO
representative Serge Verniau.
- The above comments confirming H5 in Afghanistan
strongly suggest that the H= 5 will be H5N1. Afghanistan neighbors in
Pakistan and India have already c= onfirmed H5N1 and further spread to
adjacent countries was expected.
- The death of a cat after eating dead
birds also supports H5N1 infections an= d likely increases the number of
H5N1 strains causing fatal infections in c= ats.
- More information on the H5 isolates in
poultry and cats in Afghanistan woul= d be useful.
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