Indonesian scientists discovered a new species of bird flu in the country because of which killed 100,000 ducks, Singapore newspaper reports Strats Times.
"We have identified a new subtype of avian influenza virus H5N1 - put 2.3 (organisms whose presence brings a common ancestor.) It differs greatly from clade 2.1 - form of avian flu, open earlier," - said Ivantoro Shukur, head of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Agriculture of Indonesia.
Recent WHO data show that 15 countries around the world since 2003, there were already 608 cases of human infection with the H5N1 virus, of which 359 were fatal. The deadly disease is the biggest shock inflicted on Indonesia: according to official data, the country bird flu since 2005, has caught 191 people, 159 of them died.
Arisen in recent years, outbreaks of avian influenza, highly disturbed virologists and physicians, who declared more than once about the threat of pandemic influenza, which is similar in scale to the "Spanish flu" - a flu pandemic, which killed v1918, millions of lives. However, these viruses is not "adapted" to the spread of influenza through airborne droplets, thereby being transferred from person to person, so there is no threat of a pandemic. To catch these kinds of influenza is likely only in people in close contact with the birds.