Russia Bans Food Exports From Siberia After Suspected Bird Flu Outbreak

RUSSIA - The chief sanitary inspector for Moscow told a news conference on Friday that food products from Siberia’s Novosibirsk region would not be sent to other Russian regions due to a suspected outbreak of bird flu, the Interfax news agency reports.

The official said that the decision to impose a quarantine regime in the region had not been taken yet as the reports of the bird flu outbreak were not officially verified. But foodstuffs from Novosibirsk would not be delivered to other regions, he said.

He said that test samples collected in the Novosibirsk region had been sent to laboratories in the central Russian city of Vladimir which would conduct an examination and state whether bird flu was the reason for the birds’ deaths.

On Thursday a spokesman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said that the bird flu virus type AH5 had killed up to 500 birds in a village in the Siberian region.

Source: MosNews http://www.mosnews.com/news/2005/07/22/anotherflu.shtml
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