October 22, 2005

Bird Flu now in South America and Croatia

Croatia, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Croatian authorities were preparing on Saturday to cull all poultry and wild birds around a fish pond where the country's first bird flu case was confirmed and police sealed off the area.

On Friday, scientists detected the H5 avian flu virus in wild swans found dead at a fish pond between Orahovica and Nasice, in the east of the country, and sent samples to Britain to determine whether the virus was the lethal H5N1 strain.

The results are expected next Monday or Tuesday and the European Commission said it was preparing a ban on imports of poultry from Croatia.

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