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Bird Flu Strikes Near Moscow

posted on February 23, 2007


The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed at several farms near the Russian capitol of Moscow. Officials in Russia say more than 300 domestic birds have died since early February and another 18-hundred have been killed at eight locations on the outskirts of Moscow.

While several people have been in contact with the dead birds, Russian authorities say no one has been infected with the deadly virus. The World Health Organization said, since the bird flu began devastating Asian poultry farms in 2003, the H5N1 strain has been blamed for the deaths of 167 people worldwide.

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