Avian Flu Close to Home

Browsing Google Earth using reporter Declan Butler’s excellent avian flu map layer, I found a report that hit close to home: on October 19, 2005, 35 swans were found dead of H5N1 in Viroviticko-Podravska County, Croatia (according to this FAO report). That’s about 35 miles from the area of Croatia where my relatives live in Disnik. Fortunately there have been no reports of human to human (or even bird to human) transmission in Croatia to this point.

H5N1 in Croatia