This thing started out ravaging bird populations in China, now it’s all over Asia, Europe. And now to top it off, it’s mutated enough to begin spreading to cats. This is not looking good at all.

Bird flu spreads to Poland, infects cat in AustriaWARSAW (Reuters) – Avian flu extended its spread across Europe as Poland confirmed on Monday that two dead swans had the virulent H5N1 virus and Austria reported a cat at an animal sanctuary tested positive for the virus.

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), meeting in Geneva, said the spread of bird flu was unprecedented and the threat of a human pandemic would not go away.

China said on Sunday the H5N1 virus had killed a man in southern Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong. There had been no reported outbreaks in birds in the area where he died and experts in Hong Kong urged authorities to find the source.

The man was the 95th person killed by bird flu since late 2003, the WHO said. The virus remains essentially an animal disease which humans contract through close contact with infected birds.

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