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H5N1 Moves Into Africa, European Union, Deepening Global Crisis

Science  17 Feb 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5763, pp. 932
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5763.932a

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European Union authorities called an urgent meeting after the H5N1 avian influenza strain was found in dead swans in Italy, Greece, Slovenia, and Austria, the first E.U. countries to be affected, and in Bulgaria. Even more disconcerting, H5N1 has gained a firm foothold on a third continent, Africa, where fighting it will be an uphill battle. (Read more.)