Watch out for the other bird flu

2019-03-01 02:14:01

By Debora Mackenzie in Oxford WHATEVER happened to bird flu? The H5N1 virus has been storming across Eurasia and Africa since 2004, destroying birds and killing 245 people, according to official figures. But while it has faded from the headlines, governments and scientists are as concerned as ever about the dangers it poses. In August, the UK government renewed its 2004 assessment that a flu pandemic is still the number one threat facing the country. This week 1200 flu scientists are flocking to a conference in Portugal to discuss the problem. “H5N1 is still out there killing people,