ECDC assesses avian flu risk

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published a second update on Wednesday to its risk assessment of avian influenza A in Europe, reporting the risk is not high for the region.

The ECDC did not change the China flu's risk assessment in Europe. The report did, however, record an updated account of the virus's development in China.

There have been 128 laboratory-confirmed cases of avian flu from the eight neighboring provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong and Zhejiang in China since May 1. 26 of these infections resulted in death. Despite this, the ECDC does not perceive great risk for European citizens.

There is no confirmed human-to-human transmission of avian flu, although the report says that possibility cannot be ruled out. The ECDC did warn European citizens traveling to China for work to avoid live-bird markets to reduce their risk of exposure to the bird-borne illness.

There have been no reports to-date of anyone outside of China contracting the disease.