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February 13, 2006

Slovenia: Swan is H5 positive

Xinhuanet reports Slovenia confirms H5 bird flu case in swan.

The European Commission said on Sunday that it was informed by the Slovenian authorities of a confirmed case of H5 bird flu virus in a swan.

The Slovenian Laboratory for Avian influenza has made the initial analysis, and samples have been sent to the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge of Britain for furthertests.

According to the European Union (EU) head office, the Slovenian authorities immediately applied the same precautionary measures as those set out in the Commission Decision adopted for Greece on Friday and applied in Italy during the weekend.

The measures being implemented by Slovenia include the establishment of a high-risk area (a 3-km protection zone) around the area where the swan was found, and a surrounding surveillance zone of 10 km.

The Slovenian authorities are also in close contact with their Austrian counterpart, since the 10-kilometer surveillance area surpasses their border.

rd to hearing from an always-welcome commenter, "Slovenia," about this case. It's still not confirmed as H5N1, but the closeness to the Austrian border suggests we'll soon hear reports from central Europe.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2006 12:26 PM

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