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Russia finds H5N1 bird flu strain in southern yards (Reuters)
30 jan 2007
Source: Yahoo News

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has recorded its first cases this year of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in deaddomestic birds, the country’s animal and plant health agency said on Monday.

Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement the virus was detected in dead birds found in three domestic yards in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia.

“Yes, it’s H5N1,” a spokesman for the agency said, when asked to confirm the strain of the virus.

Rosselkhoznadzor said measures were being taken to prevent the spread of infection in the three settlements where cases were found — Labinsk, Upornaya and Borodinskaya.

The agency said tests had been carried out in regionallaboratories and further tests would now be conducted inMoscow.

Russia recorded more than 90 cases of bird flu last year.Most were in southern regions, particularly the North Caucasusarea that borders Georgia and Azerbaijan. Several cases were also found in the Siberian regions of Novosibirsk and Omsk.

The outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza began in Asia in 2003 and outbreaks have been confirmed in about 50 countries and territories.

has killed 164 people from a total 270 casesrecorded in humans since 2003, datashows. At least 200 million birds have been culled worldwide.

No human cases have ever been recorded in Russia. Five people have died from eight cases in neighboring Azerbaijan.


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