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11 October 2005 -- Bulgarian authorities said today they were testing three birds found dead in the northern part of the country for avian flu, but said so far there were no indications the deadly virus had reached the country.

Bulgaria has heightened safety controls after its neighbors Turkey and Romania reported suspected cases of bird flu.

Authorities said they had discovered three dead birds in different areas of the Pleven region, about 100 kilometers from Bulgaria's Danube River border with Romania, and had sent them to Sofia for tests.

Bulgarian authorities said their tests were simply a result of stricter controls and that the birds could have died from a variety of causes.

(Reuters)

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