Source Pravda.Ru

Bird flu to infect house cats

For the first time, a type of bird influenza has been shown to infect and sicken house cats, which has some experts worried that there may one day be a strain of severe flu that can pass easily from human to human and create a pandemic.

The flu strain in question is the 2003-2004 outbreak in Asia of the H5N1 virus, which caused massive poultry slaughters in eight Asian countries and also led to at least 34 human infections, at least 23 of which were fatal. During the outbreak, there were also anecdotal reports of fatal infections in cats, reports Forbes.

So far, cats haven't been implicated in the spread of avian flu to people, cautioned World Health Organization's influenza chief Klaus Stohr.

There are two potential reasons, he said: "One is nobody looked. The other is they don't play a role," as infected cats don't shed nearly as much virus as do infected poultry.

But hearing of the Dutch discovery, the WHO alerted scientists to examine household cats and other mammals whenever they investigate human bird-flu infections. The first such check, in Vietnam last week, found cats in patients' households were healthy, Stohr said, informs MSNBC News.

Read earlier news stories by PRAVDA.Ru

&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/fun/2002/12/26/41423.html' target=_blank>Gas Masks for Cats and Dogs Popular in Israel

&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/366/12129_flu.html' target=_blank>Bird Flu jumps to cats

It was either inability to analyze or pure cowardice, but the cruise missile attack on Syria had a purely political outcome that would not affect the outcome of the Syrian conflict. The US is obviously revisiting the Iraq crisis from 2003

USA's 'stupid missiles' ensure major victories for Russia on many fronts
Comments
Russia accuses British special services of staging Douma chemical attack
Iran strongly determined to fight for Golan Heights
USA highly concerned about Russia's cold-blooded silence in response to missile attack on Syria
USA highly concerned about Russia's cold-blooded silence in response to missile attack on Syria
Iran strongly determined to fight for Golan Heights
SWIFT refuses to cut Russia off, even if Washington insists
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Iran strongly determined to fight for Golan Heights
Russia refuses to transport NATO's military hardware
Russia refuses to transport NATO's military hardware
USA highly concerned about Russia's cold-blooded silence in response to missile attack on Syria
Iran strongly determined to fight for Golan Heights
Putin must sue UK because of Skripal case lies
Washington officials claim Russia attacked American military men in Syria
Russia in the process to return its army bases to Cuba and Vietnam
Crimea launches new international airport
Russia in the process to return its army bases to Cuba and Vietnam
A selective genocide is consummated through women's bodies. A new market eugenics.
Russia accuses British special services of staging Douma chemical attack
Russia accuses British special services of staging Douma chemical attack