UN: the world faces a new epidemic of bird flu

UN experts are sounding the alarm: in Vietnam and China recorded a new species of the virus H5N1 or bird flu resistant to currently existing vaccines. Experts say the migration of birds can lead to a surge in new outbreak of a dangerous disease around the world, including, possibly, in Russia, reports ABC News.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in Asia in poultry, a new strain of H5N1, which can lead to "unpredictable consequences for human health." Experts warn of a previously known mutation of the virus, which has already started to cover Vietnam and China, and that as a result of uncontrolled migration of birds, the outbreak of a dangerous disease could break out in countries where earlier bird flu has never been.

At risk are Israel, the Palestinian territories, Romania, Bulgaria, Nepal, as well as Mongolia and Russia. Disturbing reports of H5N1 virus mutation began arriving from Cambodia last week. There, on August 14 from a new species of bird flu died six-year-old girl. She became the eighth Cambodian citizen who died in 2010 from the disease.

Experts say that one of the main dangers of a new kind of virus H5N1 is that at the moment they hit poultry, meat, which is exported to many Asian countries. FAO representatives argue that the quality of meat from China and Vietnam to establish a special control, and urge people to complete inspections to refrain from buying Asian poultry products.

According to the UN since 2003, when the H5N1 virus was first detected bird flu died 331 people. In the 2010-2011, worldwide there were about 800 cases of avian flu. Experts warn that the next outbreak of a dangerous disease can embrace the world in the late fall and early winter.

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