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Suspected H5N1 Bird-Flu Case Reported In Georgia


http://gdb.rferl.org/75A62095-C5C4-46BF-A2A0-C46081F144F6_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/75A62095-C5C4-46BF-A2A0-C46081F144F6_mw800_mh600.jpg Georgian veterinary worker disinfects a truck arriving from Azerbaijan (file photo) (epa) 24 February 2006 -- The first suspected case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been reported in Georgia.

Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli said preliminary tests showed that a dead wild swan found in the Ajara autonomous republic carried the H5N1 virus. Samples have been sent to a laboratory in Britain for further analysis.


A ban on live poultry trade had been imposed throughout Georgia.


(Novosti-Gruziya, civil.ge)

Interview With UN FAO's Erwin Northoff

An expert at the National Virology Laboratory of the Kyrgyz Health Ministry (courtesy photo)


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