Russian poultry battling Avian flu again

31-01-2007 | |

As more suspicious bird deaths were reported in Japan and Hungary, Russia has now also reported its first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak of the season.

The Russian government’s agricultural watch group Rosselkhoznadzor announced today that poultry deaths were reported at three farmsteads in southern Krasnodar territory, RIA Novosti reported. Spokesperson Alexei Alekseyenko told the news agency that samples from the birds tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.
Krasnodar is in southwest Russia near the Black Sea. The outbreaks occurred at three settlements, Labinsk, Upornaya, and Borodinskaya, and further tests on the samples will be conducted in Moscow.
Russia’s last confirmed outbreak was in July 2006, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The country experienced its first significant poultry outbreak in 2005 but has reported no human cases.