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Russian agriculture minister says bird flu under control
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-25 00:04:37

    MOSCOW, Aug. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian Agriculture Minister AlexeiGordeyev says the outbreak of bird flu in Russia, which has affected six regions since mid-July, is under control.

    "We see the situation calming down and being localized at the present time," Gordeyev told a news conference, the ITAR-TASS newsagency reported on Thursday.

    The minister also said it was possible to prevent the disease from spreading to agricultural businesses and poultry farms, but cautioned against celebrating the victory at present.

    The Emergency Situations Ministry said Thursday no birds have died from bird flu over the last 24 hours in the six affected regions -- Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Chelyabinsk and Orenburg regions and the Altai territory.

    Nearly 12,000 birds have died as a result of the flu since its outbreak on July 21, and about 130,000 birds have been slaughteredto prevent the disease from spreading.

    No human infections have been reported so far in Russia, the ministry said.

    The fatal bird flu virus, which can spread from affected birds to human beings, has claimed more than 50 human lives in Asia since 2003.

    Bird flu has cost Russia about 38 million rubles (1.3 million US dollars) in economic losses, the ministry said. Enditem

    

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