Ha Noi (VNA) - Some 35,000 birds have died from bird flu since the epidemic broke out at a poultry farm in southern Russia’s Rostov region late November, a spokesperson for the local emergencies ministry has said.
"We have received the preliminary results of analysis,” spokesperson Marina Abramchenko was quoted by Ria Novosti news agency, adding that the results showed traces of the H5N1 virus.
The spokesperson said on December 11 that the birds were found dead since November 29 from the lethal H5N1 virus at the farm, which raises 500,000 poultry. Quarantine restrictions have been adopted in the area, she said.
Although cases of human-to-human transmission of avian influenza have not been reported, scientists are concerned that the virus could mutate into a strain that could easily pass among humans, and could cause a global pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization, a total of 207 deaths from bird flu have been registered worldwide since 2003.