Bird Flu Likely to Be Brought to Iceland

BY VALA HAFSTA NATURE & TRAVEL about 10 hours agoUpdated: March 02, 2017 15:26

Chances are high that a severe strain of bird flu, detected in birds throughout Europe, will be carried to Iceland with migratory birds, RV reports. This is the assessment of a group of specialists at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), the University of Iceland, the Keldur Institute for Experimental Pathology, and an infectious disease specialist. This particular strain is not known to have afflicted humans.

According to the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, the H5N8 bird flu has spread rapidly in Europe since October of last year, in wild as well as domestic birds, including areas where Icelandic migratory birds spend the winter. If birds become infected shortly before flying across the ocean, they can reach Iceland before getting sick. What makes this strain different from the bird flu of 2006-2008 is that its more widespread among wild birds.