Over 1,000 Macedonian poultry found dead, govt downplays bird flu link - report

MACEDONIA - More than 1,000 poultry were found dead in Macedonia at the weekend, but experts played down fears that the deadly strain of bird flu had spread from nearby Turkey and Romania, a report said.

The chickens and turkeys were discovered in the villages of Germijan and Mogila, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav republic, the Dnevnik newspaper reported.

In addition, many pigeons were found dead in Tetovo, west of Skopje, the daily said without elaborating.

Macedonian authorities said there was 'no reason to panic' despite the fact that the H5N1 virus that has killed more than 60 people in Asia had been confirmed in Turkey and Romania in recent days.

Source: Forbes
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