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A total of 363,427 birds have died in the past month at poultry farms in a southern Russian republic
A total of 363,427 birds have died in the past month at poultry farms in a southern Russian republic, triggering fears of a bird flu epidemic in the region, officials said Friday. The local Emergency Situations Ministry department in the North Caucasus republic of Daghestan said 287 of these deaths had occurred within the last 24 hours. The first reports of mass poultry deaths in the republic emerged on February 6, when 300 hens died at a farm in an eastern district. Quarantine restrictions were immediately imposed in the area. On February 5-10, the H5 strain of the virus was discovered more than 30 hens died at a poultry farm in the village of Shamkhal. On February 26, mass bird deaths were reported at a poultry farm in the city of Buynaksk, to the southwest of the republic's capital, after which all chicken at the farm were culled (a total of 150,000). According to the republic's veterinary committee, bird flu outbreaks have now been registered in 22 towns and villages. A spokesman for the Russian Agriculture Ministry announced Thursday that cases of bird flu had been registered in seven regions in southern Russia, a major stopover area for migrating birds. As of March 1, the spokesman said, bird flu had hit seven regions in the Southern Federal District: the republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Daghestan, Chechnya, Kalmykia and Adygea, and the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories. A spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said emergency headquarters had been set up in each region to prevent the spread of the virus, and stricter control had been imposed over people arriving to Russia from neighboring countries. All hospitals and veterinary services are on high alert, he added. The ministry said earlier that about half a million birds had died of bird flu in February in southern Russia. "The third wave of the disease swept the country starting February 3 and is continuing," a ministry spokesman said. "About 500,000 birds have died from a virus that lab research identified as bird flu since the pandemic broke out, and more than 215,000 birds have been culled." 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.
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