Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Wild ducks carrying bird flu virus registered in Siberia
NOVOSIBIRSK, June 19 (Itar-Tass) - Wild ducks that had been infected with bird flu, but recovered from it were registered in the Altai territory, the Tomsk region, Buryatia and the Ust-Ordyn Buryat autonomous district, a regional department of the Russian agriculture watchdog told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“These birds either had contact with infected birds or carried the virus themselves to recover,” the source said. “Forty-seven probes exposed genetic material of the virus and presence of antibodies in blood serum.”
Measures are being taken throughout Siberia to prevent bird flu outbreak.
“As of June 19, no bird flu cases of poultry have been registered so far,” the source said.
Around 6 million poultry are located in high-risk zones of the Siberian federal district. Around 4.4 million of them have already been vaccinated.
Bird flu story source: TASS