lunes, enero 26, 2004

La epidemia de gripe aviar llega a Pakistán

The Guardian lo informa, además de que ya murió un niño ayer en Bangkok por la misma enfermedad, la primera muerte confirmada en Tailandia. Van siete al momento en Asia.

"The World Health Organisation said that the rapid spread of the virus was "historically unprecedented", and called on the global scientific community to accelerate the search for a cure.

There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission, but health officials fear that the H5N1 strain could mutate to allow such an infection if it merged with a human flu virus.

Attempts to tackle the bird flu are being frustrated by its fast rate of mutation and its rapid spread.

One theory is that the strain is being spread to domestic chicken populations across Asia by migratory wildfowl.

"This is now spreading too quickly for anybody to ignore it," WHO spokesman Peter Cordingley said.

Affected nations have culled chicken flocks in a desperate bid to contain the disease. Vietnam has slaughtered more than three million birds, and Thailand more than nine million."

La matanza de pollos para detener el avance de la epidemia por toda Asia, está tomando proporciones épicas...

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