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Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union



Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease, which typically occurs as epidemics during the cold months. There are serious human influenza epidemic, more severe than the normal seasonal outbreaks, such as Avian Influenza that is currently a priority area within the EU Network for monitoring and control of communicable diseases. It is a virulent and contagious viral disease which occurs in poultry and other birds. So far the transmission of Influenza virus strains of avian origin from birds to humans has been demonstrated on a few occasions. Exposure to poultry through direct contact is however considered a risk factor, whilst human-to-human transmission of strains of avian origin appears to be an extremely rare event.