Hunt for infected birds continues

Members of the Swedish home guard are helping in the hunt for dead and dying birds in the restricted zone in Southeast Sweden where the aggressive form of the bird flue virus has been discovered.

Experts say they are finding additional dead birds in the area, but so far only some 20 birds have been discovered with the virus – far fewer than expected.

Authorities have announced that there is very little risk of contamination from migratory birds – and that there are no recommendations to keep cats indoors outside of the restricted zone.

Swedish medical experts say chemotherapy used against an unusual blood disease might be effective for human beings infected by bird flue. Sweden’s top authority on infectious diseases feels that the results look so good they should be tested on humans immediately.

In the meantime, the Swedish foreign aid authority is supporting global efforts to combat the flue and provide relief for those affected by the disease.

Nearly 10 million dollars given to the World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agricultural  Organization  for medical testing, improving laboratory facilities and providing compensation for farmers who have lost their livestock to the disease and to poultry destruction programs.