- KIEV (Reuters) - Teams of veterinarians have been sent to destroy
domestic poultry in northern Ukraine after the first appearance of bird
flu in the region, Interfax Ukraine news agency reported on Monday.
- Avian flu had previously been detected
late last year in the Crimea peninsula, a major stopover point on migratory
routes jutting into the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.
- Interfax, quoting Ukraine's Emergencies
Ministry, said 77 specialists had been sent along with police to a village
in Sumy region, near the border with Russia, after cases were noted on
Sunday. Plans called for 7,200 birds to be destroyed.
- It said villagers had been offered compensation.
- The dispatch, however, made no mention
of whether the virus detected was the deadly H5N1 type as was found in
Crimea. Previous instances of bird flu in Ukraine have required further
checks at laboratories in western Europe.
- Specialised teams of sanitary workers
destroyed well over 200,000 birds after the outbreak in Crimea. No human
cases were recorded.
- Ukraine's authorities have said that
outbreak was brought under control but have predicted further difficulties
during the passage of migratory birds through the country this year.