Monday, January 29, 2007

Russia finds H5N1 bird flu strain in southern yards

MOSCOW - Russia has recorded its first cases this year of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in dead domestic 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 regional laboratories and further tests would now be conducted in Moscow.

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

Avian influenza source used: Reuters’ alert net

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