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(RFE/RL) June 12, 2006 -- Ukrainian emergency officials say the first appearance of bird flu has been detected in northeastern Ukraine.


Previously, bird flu had been registered only in Crimea and coastal areas in southern Ukraine.


A spokesman says he has no information whether the cases detected in a village in the Sumy region, near the border with Russia, are of the potentially lethal H5N1 type.


(Reuters, AP, Interfax-Ukraine)

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


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