Russia confirms H5N1 at poultry farm
A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus has been reported after 410 birds died
at a chicken farm in southern Russia.
Another 414 birds were culled and strict quarantine measures were in place
at the farm in Krasnodar region.
Tests carried out in regional laboratories confirmed the highly pathogenic
H5N1 bird flu
strain was responsible for the deaths of birds at the
Lebyazhye-Chepiginskoye farm, in the same region where the virus was detected in
dead domestic birds in January.
A spokesman for the veterinary service said it was 'unlikely' that the
chicken meat had reached local markets as preventive measures were taken 'very
quickly' after the virus was suspected.
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