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Chronology: Spread of Bird Flu to Europe

On Wednesday, British lab results confirmed that the bird flu strain found in Croatia was the H5N1 type that killed more than 60 people in Asia. Below, a chronology of how the virus spread to Europe.

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Greece was the first EU member to report cases of bird flu

December 2003: Bird flu spreads throughout Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. By February 2004, 24 people have died from the H5N1 viral strain.

March 2004: China says it has stamped out bird flu.

July 2004: China admits it has found avian flu in migratory birds.

August 2004: Three people die from bird flu in Vietnam.

September 2004: Thailand says it has found a case where bird flu has likely been passed between human beings, but says it is an isolated incident that poses little risk to the population.

October 2004: Nine people in Thailand are reported to be sick with bird flu; eight of them die.

December 2004: In Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, 68 cases of the illness are reported; 25 people die. The World Health Organization warns of a pandemic that could kill millions.

July 2005: The H5N1 strain is detected in Siberia.

August 2005: The EU imposes an import ban on poultry from Russia and Kazakhstan. The ban is already in force for nine Asian countries.

September 2005: Germany orders farmers in parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westfalia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to keep all poultry indoors to prevent the spread of the disease from migratory fowl.

Oct. 8, 2005: Turkey reports its first cases of bird flu. It is later confirmed as the H5N1 strain.

Oct. 10, 2005: The EU bans imports of live birds and feathers from Turkey.

Oct. 17, 2005: Greece says H5 bird flu -- which can include the lethal H5N1 strain -- has been found on the Aegean island Chios. It's the first such case in an EU member state.

Oct. 20, 2005: The World Health Organization reports that 61 people have died in Asia from bird flu -- 41 in Vietnam, 13 in Thailand, four in Cambodia and three in Indonesia.

Oct. 21, 2005: Scientists detect the H5 avian flu virus in wild swans found dead in eastern Croatia.

Oct. 23, 2005: Britain reports that a parrot that died in quarantine was infected with the deadly H5N1 viral strain.

Oct. 24, 2005: Russia confirms another outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

Oct. 25, 2005: China reports a new outbreak of bird flu in the eastern province of Anhui. Indonesia reports another death from bird flu, raising its death toll to four.

Oct. 26, 2005: China reports deadly bird flu in chickens and ducks in the central province of Hunan. Croatia confirms that wild swans found dead at a pond in the east of the country were carrying the lethal H5N1 strain.

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