Birds Spared Us Flu Virus

The number of bird flu cases in Europe has decreased so dramatically compared with February.

"The flocks of migratory birds that winged their way south to Africa last autumn and then back over Europe in recent weeks did not carry the H5N1 bird flu virus or spread it during their annual journey, scientists have concluded, defying health officials' dire predictions. International health officials had feared that the disease was likely to spread to Africa during the winter migration and return to Europe with a vengeance during the reverse migration this spring."

Elisabeth Rosenthal
(International Herald Tribune, May 11, 2006)