Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Russia confirms third outbreak this year

Via H5N1 blog, a Reuters report:

MOSCOW, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday reported its third outbreak this year of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu after 410 birds died on a poultry farm in the country's south, but the growing poultry sector is set to withstand the scare.

Another 414 birds were culled and strict quarantine measures were in place at the farm in the Krasnodar region after local laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds, Russia's animal and plant health watchdog said.

"It's serious enough to bring in strict measures, including quarantine, to make sure it doesn't spread," Alexei Alexeyenko, spokesman for the Rosselkhoznadzor agency, said.

"An investigation is being carried out to determine the source of the infection."

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