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Bird flu continues global spread

28th February 2006

Bosnia, Georgia and Niger have reported their first cases of bird flu, scientists have confirmed.

In Bosnia, the country’s veterinary office confirmed the first case of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu after tests at a British laboratory found the virus in two wild swans.

The swans were culled ten days ago after being found at a lake near the western town of Jajce.

Georgia has also found the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in wild swans and Switzerland is waiting for test results from a duck found dead in Lake Geneva.

Tests are also being undertaken on 15 dead swans in France, where thousands of geese and ducks are now being vaccinated against avian flu.

In Germany, 120 wild birds have tested positive for the H5N1 strain.

In Africa, Niger has become the third country to be hit by the virus, following reported cases in Nigeria and Egypt.

The neighbouring state of Nigeria has reported bird flu in seven of its 36 states and in its central federal capital territory.

Meanwhile, some 90,000 people tested in the Maharashtra and Gujarat states of western India have shown no sign of the disease, the government has said.

track© Adfero Ltd

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