Russia Vaccinates 400,000 Poultry22 April 2008
VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - A bird flu campaign carried out in the Primorsky Territory of Russia has resulted in the vaccination of 400,000 poultry
According to ITAR-TASS, additional vaccination was made in districts bordering on the settlement of Vozdvizhenka, where poultry deaths had been fixed, sources from the department for agriculture and food under the regional administration told Tass.
No other centres of poultry deaths were fixed. Quarantine in Vozdvizhenka will be lifted after additional checks early in May, the sources said.
Poultry death cases were reported from Vozdvizhenka on April 7. Forty birds died in private yards. Samples were taken to laboratories in the territory and quarantine was imposed in the village after bird flu had been confirmed.
A number of migrant birds were shot down for tests; the test results are negative. It appeared that a wild goose shot by a Vozdvizhenka resident on April 8 was the disease carrier. The hunter ate the goose and threw out the goose’s guts. Domestic birds consumed the waste and died several days later. The Primorye veterinarian laboratory of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance found the bird flu virus AH5, and the national lab confirmed the diagnosis.
That was the first bird flu case in the Russian Far East. Wild birds migrate from Southeast Asia to their nesting areas in the north through the Primorye territory.
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