35,000 chickens die from bird flu in Russia


MOSCOW — Nearly 35,000 chickens have died in southern Russia after being infected by the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, the emergency situations ministry said Tuesday. Preliminary tests have revealed the presence of the H5N1 type, which can be fatal to humans, at a farm in the Rostov area, regional ministry official Marina Abramshenko was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency.

The area around the farm, which has some 500,000 chickens, has been quarantined, she said. The H5N1 strain was also detected in September in a farm in the neighboring Krasnodar region where 400 chickens died.