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Mass Bird Deaths Found In European Russian Region

17 August 2005 -- Russia's state health inspectorate reported today mass bird deaths in a region to the west of the Ural mountains amid fears that the disease could spread to Europe.

The Federal Consumer Protection Agency said the deaths occurred on a farm in the Caspian region of Kalmykia. However it was still unclear whether bird flu had caused those deaths.

The epidemic has spread from Siberia to six Russian regions, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia since mid-July.

In Kazakhstan, the Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed today the death of more than 120 birds in the northern village of Talapker was due to avian influenza, the sixth location in the country where a bird-flu outbreak has been recorded.

Although no humans have been infected in the Kazakh and Russian outbreaks, the H5N1 subtype of bird flu has killed more than 50 people in Asia since 2003.


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