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10 August 2005 -- The Kazakh Health Ministry said today that an outbreak of bird flu in Kazakhstan has been confirmed to be a strain known as H5N1, which is dangerous to humans.

The ministry, which first reported an outbreak of avian influenza six days ago, also said that a quarantine is in place in the affected area near the village of Golubovka in northern Kazakhstan's Pavlodar Oblast.

The region lies across the Russian border from an area where Russian officials earlier reported an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu.

The H5N1 strain has killed more than 50 people in Asia since 2003. The Kazakh and Russian outbreaks have so far killed wild fowl and poultry and sparked fears the disease could spread to humans on the Eurasian landmass.

The Kazakh Agriculture Ministry said that as of 9 August, there have been no reports of new outbreaks of the disease in the republic.

(Reuters)

See also: Outbreak Of Bird Flu Confirmed In Siberia
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