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Novosibirsk Bird flu virus harmless to humans: Russian official
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-23 02:19:36

    MOSCOW, July 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The bird flu virus that has killed hundreds of birds in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk is not dangerous to humans, a medical expert said Friday.

    The bird flu virus that has killed birds in Novosibirsk is type H5N2, which "is considerably less pathogenic to poultry than H5N1,which is found in Southeast Asia, and is absolutely harmless to humans," Alexander Shestopalov, an official at the Vektor State Research Center told the Interfax news agency.

    The virus came from the Mediterranean and was probably brought to Novosibirsk by migrating birds, Shestopalov said.

    The virus was found in all of the six dead birds provided for tests, he said.

    The Emergency Situations Ministry said Thursday the bird flu virus has been detected in the village of Suzdalka in Novosibirsk after more than 200 geese and 100 chickens died in recent days.

    The bird flu virus, strains of which can spread to humans and can be fatal, has claimed the lives of more than 50 people in Asia since 2003. Enditem

    

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