August 1, 2005


Russia to destroy poultry in bird flu-affected areas


The Russian government has ordered the mass culling of poultry in bird flu-affected areas within Eastern Siberia's Novosibirsk region, following the recent outbreaks there.


The virus found there has been confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, according to the government.


The culling would start in early August and compensation plans for poultry owners were being developed, according to local authorities.


Households in affected areas were being inspected daily. Also the condition of drinking water was monitored, and the ban on poultry and meat export to other regions was strictly enforced. All slaughtered poultry would be burned.


Russian doctors suspected migratory birds brought the virus to Siberia, but so far, no human cases of the disease have been reported there.


Meanwhile, over 600 chickens at a farm in the Pavlodar region of neighbouring Kazakhstan had died from bird flu, according to the Kazakh government.

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