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Bird Flu Spreading In Kazakhstan


19 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Veterinary officials in Kazakhstan confirmed today that the bird flu virus has spread further in the country.

19 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Veterinary officials in Kazakhstan confirmed today that the bird flu virus has spread further in the country.

Kazakhstan's Agricultural Ministry said there were cases of new bird deaths in a village in the northern part of the country where the virus had not been recorded previously.

The ministry did not say if this latest outbreak involved the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that is deadly to humans.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said 9,000 birds had died or been destroyed in Kazakhstan since the outbreak started there last month.

WHO also said 120,00 birds have died or been culled in Russia.

As of today, the virus was officially registered in 40 Russian villages in western Siberia with 78 other settlements under watch after reporting suspected cases of bird flu.

(Reuters)

See also:

"Russia Grapples With Bird-Flu Outbreak"
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