Friday, April 27, 2007

Antibodies to bird flu found in wild ducks in Altai region (Russia)

BARNAUL, April 27 (Itar-Tass) - Wild ducks in three areas of Russia’s Altai region were found to have antibodies to bird flu, sources from the regional veterinary department told Tass on Friday.

“This means that the birds have contacted with ill species or have been ill” with bird flu themselves, they stressed. Monitoring of water fowl began last week, and antibodies to bird flu have been found in the blood of wild ducks on the Korostylyovskoye water reservoir, on the Novoye and Presnoye lakes, they specified.

The sources said the situation in private households remains normal, but nevertheless owners of domestic poultry were asked to keep the birds inside.

Meanwhile, vaccination against the N5N1 strain of bird flu continues in the region. About one million domestic birds have been vaccinated. Domestic birds in thirty-seven districts of the region situated on migratory birds routes are vaccinated first.

Bird flu story source: TASS

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