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19 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A leading Russian veterinary official has called on the international community to aid efforts to contain an outbreak of bird flu in Siberia.
The avian-flu virus has been officially registered in 40 Russian villages in western Siberia, with 78 other settlements under watch.
Authorities there have implemented new measures to contain the outbreak, including greater veterinary control over poultry farms and of private ownership of chickens.
Russian veterinarian Yevgenii Nepoklonov today warned the disease could return to Russia and other parts of the world when migratory birds fly north next spring.
Kazakhstan's Agricultural Ministry said there were cases of new bird deaths in the northern part of the country where the virus had not been recorded previously.
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Outbreak Of Bird Flu Confirmed In Siberia