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H5N1 virus of bird flu detected on Russian poultry farm
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-28 19:27:56

    MOSCOW, Feb. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- The H5N1 virus of bird flu that can kill humans has been detected on a poultry farm in the southwestern region of Krasnodar, the region's governor Alexander Tkachev said on Tuesday.

    According to the Russian emergency situations ministry, 20,000 poultry on the farm died over the last 24 hours and 103,000 birds over the past week.

    Local officials fear the deadly strain could spread to other areas in the spring because of the bird migrations.

    Early on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Cabinet to set up a bird flu task force, as the disease is continuing to spread in the country.

    Russia first recorded bird flu in Siberia last July, and it has since been detected in other parts of the country. However, no human deaths from the virus have been reported so far in Russia.

    Experts from the World Health Organization fear that the virus could mutate into a strain that might be transmitted easily among humans. Human deaths have already been recorded in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Enditem

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