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Bulgaria confirms three more cases of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu
Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 20-Feb-2006 22:23 hrs
A wild swan flaps its wings in the Bulgarian town of Varna. The highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu has been found in three more wild swans in Bulgaria, bringing to four the confirmed cases of H5N1 bird flu in wild birds in the country.
 
 
The highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu has been found in three more wild swans in Bulgaria, bringing to four the confirmed cases of H5N1 bird flu in wild birds in the country.
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Three samples from wild swans found in the wetlands near the town of Varna, in Lake Shabla, in northeastern Bulgaria, and Kraymorie near Bourgas to the east, have proved positive for the H5N1 bird flu strain, the agriculture ministry said in a statement Monday, citing results from testing at the European Union reference laboratory in Weybridge, England.
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"It is now certain that the three samples we sent to Weybridge have proved positive for the H5N1 bird flu strain," national veterinary service director Zheko Baychev confirmed to AFP.
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The news followed a weekend announcement of the first confirmed H5N1 case in the Balkan country, in a dying swan found January 30 near Vidin in the northwest.
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Bulgaria has so far seen cases only among wild migratory swans in its wetlands, and not in domestic poultry. — AFP

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