H5N1 Bird Flu Confirmed
The Swedish Veterinary Institute says tests have confirmed that two wild ducks found here last month carried the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Preliminary tests showed the two ducks had the H5 virus. Now an EU laboratory in Britain has confirmed that they died from the deadly strain. Since the first two cases were found, around a dozen wild birds along Sweden’s southeastern coast and on the Baltic island of Gotland have been identified as carrying the H5 virus.
On Tuesday Swedish Television reported that tests of other animals on a farm where BSE, or Mad Cow Disease, was found, have shown no infections.
Sweden’s first confirmed case of BSE was found in a cow on the farm at the beginning of the month.