Authorities Waiting for H5 Test Results

Swedish authorities are still waiting for results from the European Union reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, on samples that tested positive for an H5 bird flu virus subtype.

The Swedish board of Agriculture said they had also sent more samples to the EU laboratory in England for confirmation after four more cases of the H5 bird flu were found in Karlskrona and Öxelosund on the south-eastern coast.

Sweden has had no confirmed cases of H5N1 yet.

Scientists are concerned that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form easily spread between people, sparking a pandemic.

As the virus continues to spread The Swedish Board of Agriculture is now taking measures to ensure that the virus does not enter the poultry stocks in the areas around where it has been found.