According to Reuters and Yahoo traces of the highly pathogenic H5 avian flu virus were found in a parrot imported from Suriname, South America. Britain's chief veterinary officer said it should take a "small number of days" to determine whether the parrot had H5N1. If so, it would be the first case of the strain recorded in Britain, although the parrot was not officially inside the country as it was in quarantine.
It has now reached as far west as European Russia, Turkey, Greece and Romania, following the paths of migratory birds. A "small number of people" who had been in contact with the birds were receiving antiviral treatment as a precautionary measure, the statement added.
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