Bird flu identified on two farms near Moscow, strain unknown

MOSCOW - All poultry farms in the Moscow region have been put under under strict quarantine, following the identification of the bird flu virus at two farmsteads, acting Moscow regional governor Alexei Panteleyev told Itar-Tass.
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He said the access to poultry farms will be limited, and local personnel will be under permanent medical surveillance.

All wild birds that may appear within the poultry farms’ range will be shot down, eh said.

The poultry farms near Moscow have had similar quarantines before, but precautious are tighter this time.

Bird flu has been detected in the Moscow region, but the strain is yet unknown, Federal Veterinarian and Phytosanitary Control Service spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko told Itar-Tass.

He said the service is testing blood samples of the birds that died at two farmsteads in the Domodedovo and Odintsovo districts.
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