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    Rare birds from Indonesia smuggled into Europe had H5N1 virus

    NewsBird NewsMonday 17 June 2013
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    A collection of Rare birds were smuggled into Vienna international airport from Bali in Indonesia. All the birds were tested and one was found to have the H5N1 virus. They have since been put down. The collection of 60 birds included wild parrots, birds of paradise and other species.
     
    The birds were smuggled from Bali international airport to Austria’s Vienna International Airport. They had been smuggled via a suitcase and up to 30 birds had already died from the poor conditions of being smuggled.
     
    A customs official from Veinna said that
    'As a result of the discovery, all the surviving birds have been destroyed by the border veterinary service.
    'Anyone who came into contact with them has also been informed and is receiving treatment.'

    It was only at the beginning of last week that the World Health Organisation said to health workers to watch out and be on alert for symptoms of the virus which has the possible to spread around the world and become a pandemic. Currently H5N1 and H7N9 are the main problems that the organisation is trying to contain.
     
    The birds were found in the suitcase of a Czech couple who had been on a holiday in Bali. Border staff at Vienna airport has been getting in contact with those who have had contact with the birds to see their health conditions and so far all people had received treatment and are said to be in good health.
     
    The H5N1 was uncovered almost 10 years ago in East Asia in 2003. Up to 630 have caught the virus with 375 people directly dying from it accrding to the World Health Organisation.
     
    Source: Daily Mail
     
    Photo: Wikimedia
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