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Bird Flu: The Continuing Threat

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The battle lines in the war against bird flu are being drawn as the fight comes to Europe

The threat of a deadly bird flu outbreak within the European Union has finally become real. Avian influenza was found in dead birds in numerous EU countries, including Germany, in February. European health authorities are taking heightened precautions to prevent the virus that has killed over 90 people since late 2003 from spreading.

So far those infected with the virus are believed to have had direct contact with sick birds, but the virus could still mutate and become transferable between humans, which could trigger a pandemic.

DW-WORLD looks at the latest stories from the front line and the efforts of those attempting to stop the deadly H5N1 virus.

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