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Kazakhstan Confirms Bird-Flu Case

(RFE/RL) ASTANA, March 20, 2006 -- Kazakhstan's Health Minister says a dead swan found on the country's Caspian Sea coast had bird flu.

Health Minister Yerbolat Dosayev said the swan was found in western Mangystau Province and that tests confirmed the presence of bird flu.

He did not say whether the swan has the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease. H5N1 can be lethal to humans who are in close contact with sick birds.

Several areas in northern Kazakhstan were quarantined last year during an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu there.

(Interfax, Reuters)

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