WARSAW, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Poland detected the third case of H5N1 virus in Lubuskie Province on Friday in a hawk found dead near the city of Kostrzyn, close to the Odra River and to the place where other two dead wild swans infected with H5N1 had been found.
According to the Polish Press Agency, tests on a flock of hawksfound dead in Lubuskie province showed that one of the birds had been killed by the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus, theprovince veterinary authorities said in a statement.
The dead hawk was detected inside the obligatory safety zone of3 km radius around the spot in the city of Kostrzyn where dead swans infected with H5N1 had been found in March.
Since the bird flu outbreak extraordinary sanitary precautions have been adopted in the city and a high risk zone of 10 km radiushas been introduced in addition to the obligatory safety zone. Municipal authorities have ordered strict surveillance of the cityborder areas to prevent further spread of the disease. Enditem