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Local authorities in Russia's Baltic exclave said a total of 40,000 birds had been vaccinated
Local authorities in Russia's Baltic exclave said a total of 40,000 birds had been vaccinated as part of an ongoing campaign against the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus. A spokesman for the regional administration said about 20,000 birds were being vaccinated daily, and that 86,000 more doses of the vaccine would be delivered from Moscow next week. The potentially lethal H5N1 strain returned to southern Russia in February, following outbreaks last year. According to the agriculture ministry, more than 1.3 million birds died or were slaughtered in Russia in the first quarter of 2006, but a massive vaccination campaign launched at local poultry farms in March has prevented an epidemic. A total of 27.7 million doses of bird flu vaccine were sent to 12 southern regions, and about 15 million fowl have been vaccinated since March 10. On Wednesday, the agriculture ministry said the recent bird flu outbreak in southern Russia had been contained, with only 10 out of 67 villages still under quarantine. More than 200 people have contracted bird flu worldwide, mainly in Southeast Asia, and of those, more than 100 have died. No human cases of bird flu have been reported in Russia.
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