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Almost 800,000 birds in southern Russia have died of bird flu or been culled in the last month
Almost 800,000 birds in southern Russia have died of bird flu or been culled in the last month, an official said Friday. "A total of 768,533 have died or been culled since February 3 including 16,287 over the last day," an Emergency Situations Ministry official said. "The authorities have been taking measures to address the epidemic." The Agriculture Ministry said earlier that cases of bird flu had been registered in seven regions in the Southern Federal District, a major stopover area for migrating birds. Areas hit included the republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Daghestan, Chechnya, Kalmykia and Adygea, and the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories. Over 1.3 million birds have died or been slaughtered in three outbreaks of bird flu since July 2005, or over 44,000 every day, the ministry said. This includes more than 416,000 birds, or about 17,500 every day, that died from the virus. No human cases of bird flu have yet been reported in Russia.
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