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Suspected H5N1 Bird-Flu Case Reported In Georgia

Georgian veterinary worker disinfects a truck arriving from Azerbaijan (file photo) (epa) 24 February 2006 -- The first suspected case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been reported in Georgia.

Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli said preliminary tests showed that a dead wild swan found in the Ajara autonomous republic carried the H5N1 virus. Samples have been sent to a laboratory in Britain for further analysis.

A ban on live poultry trade had been imposed throughout Georgia.


Interview With UN FAO's Erwin Northoff

Interview With UN FAO's Erwin Northoff

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

GETTING READY: Many have expressed concern about the ability of Central Asian countries to come to grips with a possible bird-flu outbreak. RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Muhammad Tahir spoke with Erwin Northoff, news coordinator for the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about the issue. ....(more)