Bird Flu Discovered in Sweden

Swedish authorities have confirmed that an aggressive form of bird flu has been found in two wild ducks in the Oskarshamn area on the southeast coast of Sweden. But  further tests are needed to confirm if it is the deadly H5N1 strain.

The Agriculture Ministry says it appears to be the same strain as detected in Nigeria, Russia and China which have been hit by outbreaks of H5N1. But samples have been sent to the European Union’s reference laboratory in Weybridge, England for further analysis.

Sweden’s Agriculture Minister says the situation is serious but not unexpected.

A poll in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday -before reports of the two cases emerged -showed that only 12 percent of Swedes were worried about the disease, the lowest level of concern among the 12 countries polled apart from Norway.