New Outbreak Of Bird
Flu In Ukraine Suspected


(Reuters) -- Ukraine suspects a new outbreak of bird flu in the Crimean peninsula, a regional official was quoted as saying on Thursday, January 5, 2006.
Mykola Kolesnichenko, head of the emergency commission of the Crimean government, told the 5th television channel that poultry were found dead on a farm in Solnechnoe village in Crimea. He said officials suspected bird flu but would wait for laboratory tests for confirmation.
Ukraine reported its 1st outbreak of bird flu in a dozen villages in Crimea, a major stopover point for migratory birds, in late November (2005). Tests from laboratories in Russia and Britain showed it was the deadly H5N1 strain.
Since then more than 62 000 birds have been destroyed in house-to-house checks in about 30 villages across the Crimean peninsula. Officials declared the bird flu outbreak over and lifted the state of emergency at the end of December 2005.



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