December 4, 2012

Russia probes mass bird flu deaths for danger to humans

Russian health officials are investigating the potential danger to humans from a strain of flu that killed hundreds of wild ducks in the southern Krasnodar region, a key route for migration. Preliminary lab tests showed the birds died of a strain that belongs to the H5 sub-group of an A-type bird flu, according to the country’s food and safety watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor. "We have registered the outbreak in coastal lakes, in wild nature," Rosselkhoznadzor spokesman Alexei Alekseenko said by phone from Moscow today. "There is no threat to public livestock and private poultry farms yet."  Read More

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