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EU is hit by bird flu.

DEADLY bird flu has arrived in the EU amid fresh warnings that the world is on the brink of a pandemic.

Health experts confirmed yesterday the lethal H5N1 strain of the disease had been found in wild swans in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria.

The new cases show the virus - which has so far killed at least 88 people in Asia - is slowly creeping West.

Scientists fear millions will die if it mutates into a form which passes between humans.

David Nabarro, who heads a United Nations drive to contain the virus, yesterday said there was no evidence yet that the virus had mutated.

But he added: "It's not far away."

Last October the Sunday Mirror exclusively revealed how migratory swans from Russia and China risked spreading the disease here.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2006
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