The European Commission confirmed today that the Bird Flu found in Turkey posed a threat to humans. Tests on dead birds from the region affected revealed the H1N1 strain of the virus, a strain that has killed over 60 people in South East Asia since 2003.
An outbreak in Romania is also thought to be of the same strain.
EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said the European Union should be ready for a potential flu pandemic.
So far, however, only one person is thought to have died from the virus after contracting it from another human. Doctors suspect that the other fatalities were infected from dead or dying birds.
Nonetheless, Health Commissioner Kyprianou emphasised that “there is a direct relationship with viruses found in Russia, Mongolia and China.”
“It is a highly pathogenic and aggressive virus”, he continued, “and we in the European Union have to deal with that.”