Bird flu: as European worries grow, some see benefits in the alarm

  • 2006-02-22
  • By Kathleen Moore, Ahto Lobjakas
Germany's announcement confirmed what preliminary tests had already shown 's that two dead swans found on Ruegen 's an island in the Baltic Sea 's had the strain of bird flu potentially dangerous to humans. The announcement came fast on the heels of similar news from Italy, Greece and Austria. "I think it is a worrisome situation, especially because we think that swans could be an indicator species, meaning that swans are relatively susceptible, and so it could well be that other aquatic birds could be infected," says Albert Osterhaus, a virologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Nethe...
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