October 27, 2005


EU test on Greek sample negative for deadly H5N1 virus


Initial tests on the Greek sample at Britain's EU laboratory turned up negative for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Greek government said. However, further tests were pending, according to the government and the EU.


Greek authorities recently reported a case of bird flu in a turkey on an Aegean Sea island.


Meanwhile, EU public health ministers met in Britain to explore ways to handle the increasing types of bird diseases, and the risk posed to humans. The ministers stressed the importance of differentiating between bird flu, normal seasonal flu, and pandemic flu.


EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou added that there was no need for panic each time a dead bird was found in Europe, as "birds do die."