Bird flu unusually aggressive: German expert

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19 January 2006, BERLIN - Germany's federal disease control agency warned Thursday the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is unusually aggressive in its mutation which increased chances it could cause a human pandemic.

19 January 2006

BERLIN - Germany's federal disease control agency warned Thursday the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is unusually aggressive in its mutation which increased chances it could cause a human pandemic.

"The virus mutates very swiftly," said Professor Reinhard Kurth, head of Berlin's Robert Koch Institute, the federal agency responsible for German disease control and prevention.

Kurth said it remained impossible to predict if the disease would start being spread from human to human.

So far bird flu has only been spread from infected poultry to humans.

DPA

Subject: German news

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