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Sunday, February 18th 2007

Bird Flu Reaches Moscow

Not the first time we’ve seen it in Russia, but now it is outside the capital,

Tests have confirmed the presence of the H5N1 bird flu strain in poultry found dead in two suburban Moscow districts, an agriculture official said Saturday, in the first such outbreak to be recorded so close to the Russian capital.

Alexei Alexeyenko, a spokesman for the federal agricultural oversight agency, told The Associated Press that laboratory results showed the strain of the virus in the Odintsovo and Domodedovo districts, west and south of Moscow respectively, where two dozen birds died this week.

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