As the European Union grapples with the arrival of bird flu, a man in Greece has been placed in quarantine. Initial tests came back negative, but a further round of samples has been ordered. A young boy also tested has been cleared. Greece says the lethal strain of the virus has been found in three dead swans. A European Commission spokesman, Philip Todd, said precautionary measures have been adopted by affected countries.
“The Commission will ask member states their opinion on a decision which would extend this to all member states who find a suspected case of avian influenza in a wild bird,” he said, “so that decision would then take effect automatically whenever a member state reports a suspected case of avian influenza in a wild bird on their territory.” Europe is on high alert, with news over the weekend that the H5N1 strain of birdflu has also been found in birds in Italy and Bulgaria. Slovenia is also testing a sample taken from a swan. European officials have been trying to ease people’s concern, stressing that no human cases have been confirmed so far in the EU. They say that while H5N1 has killed at least 88 people in Asia and the Middle East, human to human transmission has never been detected anywhere.