Previously, bird flu had been registered only in Crimea and coastal areas in southern Ukraine.
A spokesman says he has no information whether the cases detected in a village in the Sumy region, near the border with Russia, are of the potentially lethal H5N1 type.
(Reuters, AP, Interfax-Ukraine)
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)