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Wild Swans In Iran Found With Bird Flu

Azeri health officials gather up dead birds from a beach along the Caspian Sea on 13 February (epa) 14 February 2006 -- Iranian authorities today said that the H5 strain of bird flu has been detected in 135 wild swans in the Anzali wetlands in the north of the country.

The results have reportedly been confirmed by international laboratories.

Tests are now being conducted to ascertain whether the birds had the H5N1 strain that is sometimes lethal for humans.

This is the first official incidence of bird flu in Iran. Iranian authorities said the infections came to light when they took precautions against bird flu following the discovery of the disease in areas of Turkey bordering Iran.

(ISNA, Reuters, dpa)

Interview With UN FAO's Erwin Northoff

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