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Veterinaries in Russia's Stavropol territory have contained all the three bird flu nidi
Veterinaries in Russia's Stavropol territory have contained all the three bird flu nidi, regional Deputy Agriculture Ministry Viktor Parakhin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. Regional veterinary services have completed the anti-epidemic measures in the village of Azek-Suat, Neftekumsky district, Parakhin said. Laboratory tests confirmed that "the death of household poultry in Azek-Suat was caused by the H5N1 strain, which is dangerous for humans, so the birds have been culled, the yards disinfected, and the local residents in the risk zone inoculated," he added. The measures to contain a bird flu nidus were also finished in households of the Izobilnensky district and the town of Kislovodsk, where symptoms of the disease in birds were detected in the first half of February. "No new outbreaks in the designated areas have been detected since," the regional deputy agriculture minister said. A farm in the village of Nadezhda, Shpakovsky district, where a mass death of poultry was reported, remains a suspected nidus of the infection. Anti-epidemic measures are pending laboratory tests. However, experts do not rule out that the farm might have been hit by the so-called pseudo-plague. The spring wave of bird flu has already hit Russia. On Sunday, head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Sergei Dankvert said bird flu had been detected in six regions: Kabardino-Balkariya, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kalmykiya, and the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories. According to the Russian Antistikhiya /Anti-Disaster/ center, which operates under the Emergency Situations Ministry, bird flu and the Newcastle disease in southern Russia in February led to the culling or death of 200,000 birds. The probability of further spreading of bird flu across the southern federal district with its penetration into poultry farms has been increasing," Antistikhiya said. The first wave of bird flu swept across the Volga-Ural and Siberian regions in July-August 2005. In mid-August, the deadly virus was detected in 35 settlements in six regions, and suspected in another 69 settlements, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Rospotrebnadzor said ten strains of bird flu in the country had been identified. As of early November, bird flu killed 4,500 birds, and another 180,000 were culled as suspected contacts. No cases of bird flu in humans in Russia have been detected, Rospotrebnadzor emphasized. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the expediency of setting up a headquarters under the government to handle the bird flu problem.
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