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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bird Flu Is Found in Tambov Region

Veterinary workers have discovered bird flu in a flock in the Tambov region, about 400 kilometers southeast of Moscow, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.

Seventy birds in the region's village of Yuzhny have fallen ill with the disease, ministry spokeswoman Veronika Smolskaya said. Eight of the birds died and 48 were slaughtered over the past day, Interfax reported. It was not yet clear whether they were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that concerns health experts.

Bird flu decimated flocks in several regions in Siberia and the Urals during the summer, and last week it hit a village about 350 kilometers south of Moscow in the Tula region. Preliminary tests confirmed the poultry there had been infected with the lethal H5N1 strain, and all 3,000 birds in the village were culled.

Top public health official Gennady Onishchenko said Monday that people must remain alert to the danger of bird flu. "Excessive alertness is even better than utter indifference," he said.