H5N1 virus detected in Ukraine

Dec. 9, 2005 at 1:21 PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Russian researchers say a strain of bird flu found in Ukraine could threaten human health, Itar-Tass reported Friday.

Chief Russian agriculture inspector Sergei Dankvert said testing done at the All-Russia Research Institute of Animal Protection found the strain present in Crimean flocks is the deadly H5N1.

Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko ordered a state of emergency to contain the outbreak, which has spread beyond the initial quarantine zone.

The Crimean Health Ministry said the disease has been detected in 17 towns and villages but has not yet spread to the human population.

Ukraine already has destroyed 30,000 birds, Itar-Tass said. The country has some 11.5 million birds, half of them on poultry farms.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Joel Osteen heckled, 6 arrested during service at Houston megachurch
Ghost hunters discover woman's body at abandoned Mississippi hospital
Walmart sorry for making Islamic State cake after rejecting Confederate flag cake
Cuomo on escaped inmates: Plan was to kill prison worker's husband
NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump over immigration comments