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FAO Says Migratory Birds From Africa Could Spread Avian Flu


The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says migratory birds from Africa could help spread Avian Flu in the coming months.

At the bird flu conference in Beijing, FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik says Avian Flu could become “entrenched” in the Black Sea, the Caucasus and Near East regions through trade and travel. But he says migratory birds coming from Africa in the spring could spread it further.

The FAO official says countries in Africa deserve special attention. He says if bird flu were to become “rooted in the African countryside, the consequences of a continent already devastated by hunger and poverty could be truly catastrophic.”

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