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Russia, Kazakhstan Say Bird Flu Cases Decreasing

2 September 2005 -- Health officials in Russia and Kazakhstan said today that the bird flu virus appears to be retreating but warned that outbreaks could still occur.

Russia's chief veterinary inspector Yevgeny Nepoklonov asked counterparts in other parts of the world to closely monitor wild fowl migratory routes in order to prevent the bird flu from spreading to other continents.

Many nations have banned the import of poultry and animal feed from Russia and Kazakhstan already.

Talgat Abulgazin, the head of the Kazakh Agricultural Ministry's veterinary disease monitoring department, said the
peak of bird flu in his country was over now.

Abulgazin said that part of the reason for the decrease in bird flu cases was cooler weather. He noted that the disease peaked during the hottest days of August.