Croatia finds bird flu in Hungarian swan
Thursday, November 3, 2005, 15:03
Croatian authorities found the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in a Hungarian-marked swan shot in the Balkan country last week, Magyar Hírlap reported. Croatian authorities shot the bird last week in an area where eight animals died earlier from the virus, according to the newspaper. No trace of the influenza has been found in Hungary. The European Union is looking to combat the disease after it reached neighboring Romania and Turkey last month following its sweep through China and Russia. The influenza is capable of jumping from birds to humans and will inevitably mutate into a human form, the United Nations said October 1.