- (Reuters) -- Ukraine suspects a new outbreak of bird
flu in the Crimean peninsula, a regional official was quoted as saying
on Thursday, January 5, 2006.
- Mykola Kolesnichenko, head of the emergency commission
of the Crimean government, told the 5th television channel that poultry
were found dead on a farm in Solnechnoe village in Crimea. He said officials
suspected bird flu but would wait for laboratory tests for confirmation.
- Ukraine reported its 1st outbreak of bird flu in a dozen
villages in Crimea, a major stopover point for migratory birds, in late
November (2005). Tests from laboratories in Russia and Britain showed it
was the deadly H5N1 strain.
- Since then more than 62 000 birds have been destroyed
in house-to-house checks in about 30 villages across the Crimean peninsula.
Officials declared the bird flu outbreak over and lifted the state of
emergency at the end of December 2005.