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Bird flu detected in southern Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov , 11-Dec-2012

Avian influenza of the dangerous H5N1 strain has been detected in a population of wild birds in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Krai region. According to preliminary data in the region, at least 4,000 wild birds have been found dead.

“It has already been confirmed that the birds in the area have died from bird flu, of the H5N1 type, which is dangerous to humans. This is very serious,” said the governor of the region, Alexander Tkachev.

The government of Krasnodar Krai has introduced a state of emergency on the territory of the whole region. All poultry farms have been transferred to the closed operating mode. Following detection of the disease, vaccines for the virus were delivered urgently to the region and 98% of the poultry population was vaccinated within 24 hours.

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said that there remained a large possibility that outbreaks of the virus would be found on poultry farms, and that veterinary specialists would conduct emergency inspections of all farms in the region.

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