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May 31, 2006

Russia: H5N1 continues to affect three West Siberian regions

Via RIA Novosti, a story I've been neglecting: Bird flu continues to affect three West Siberian regions.

Bird flu has been registered in 10 villages in three West Siberian regions, the Russian Agriculture Ministry said Monday.

"The Novosibirsk and Omsk regions and the Altai Territory remain unfavorable in terms of bird flu outbreaks," the ministry said.

The deadly disease, which has claimed dozens of human lives, has been registered in three villages in the Novosibirsk Region, five in the Omsk Region and two in the Altai Territory.

Although no human lives have been claimed to date in Russia, around 1.1 million birds have died of the disease and 300,000 have been culled to control the spread of the virus since the beginning of February.

Posted by dymaxion at May 31, 2006 10:54 PM

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