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Ukraine Bans Russian Poultry To Fight Bird Flu

3 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Ukraine's Veterinary Department said today that it has banned poultry imports from Russian regions affected by bird flu.

Russian officials say the disease has killed more than 2,700 fowl in western Siberia and threatens to spread to European Russia. Russian authorities have identified the virus as a strain that can infect humans.

World health officials are concerned that the virus, first identified in Asia, may evolve into one that can spread from human to human. This could set off a deadly worldwide pandemic.

So far, however, the humans infected evidently have caught the disease from infected birds.


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Russia To Cull Birds To Halt Bird Flu