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Bird Flu Confirmed In Moscow Region

(RFE/RL) February 17, 2007 -- Russian health authorities have confirmed an outbreak of bird flu in the Moscow region.

Several dead birds found in the village of Pavlovsky tested positive for the disease.

Russia's top veterinary official, Nikolai Vlasov, said further tests are being conducted to see if the birds died of the H5N1 strain, which is potentially lethal to humans.

Poultry farms in the area have been placed under special quarantine as a preventive measure.