Cat dies of bird flu as German outbreak spreads to Bavaria

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28 February 2006, BERLIN - A cat has died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Germany as the disease spread to a fifth German state on Tuesday.

28 February 2006

BERLIN - A cat has died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Germany as the disease spread to a fifth German state on Tuesday.

The dead animal was found near a ferry on the northern island of Ruegen where almost 120 of Germany's 130 cases of bird flu have been reported.

Experts believe the cat might have died after eating an infected bird, as has been known to happen in Asia.

Two cases of bird flu were reported in wildfowl in Bavaria on Tuesday, the fifth state affected since the disease first surfaced in Germany earlier this month.

The World Health Organization in Geneva said the H5NI strain of the disease spread to 17 new countries in February, more than in any previous month since it was first detected in South-East Asia in mid-2003.

The virus, which has infected 173 humans and claimed the lives of 93 of them, is thought to have been brought to Europe by migrating birds.

Health and agriculture officials in Germany have continued to warned the public not to touch any dead animals because of the risk of infection to humans.

DPA

Subject: German news

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