Saturday, March 04, 2006

H5N1 infects via insects?

India being a very intellectual country provided a very detailed report on how H5N1 spreads to their citizens recently. Of interest amongst the many facts Indian experts revealed, that an English expert would rather hide with lottery win predictions, was that 1 gram of infected H5N1 material is enough to infect 1 million chickens. H5N1 can be shed through excretion, fluids and even from the dust that gathers on infected bird feathers.

The article also mentioned previous methods of how avian viruses spread which include flies that visited contaminated sites. One can then conclude from this report that flies, mosquitoes, fleas and other insects may also be able to carry H5N1 to unwilling hosts.

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