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Deadly Strain of Bird Flu Detected in Northern Cyprus


29 January 2006

The European Commission say the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu has been detected in Turkish Cypriot-controlled northern Cyprus.

The commission reports Sunday that the strain was confirmed in a dead bird. Last week, Cyprus began culling free-roaming poultry and disinfecting vehicles coming from the north after suspected bird flu cases were reported there.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong says it has found another dead bird that tested positive for the H5N1 strain. Officials say the infected bird was found near the border with mainland China.

Hong Kong had gone a year without reporting any cases of H5N1 in birds until earlier this month when another bird found near mainland China tested positive.

Bird flu has killed at least 81 people in East Asia and Turkey since 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.



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