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Bird Flu Pandemic –
Coming to Russia This Summer?
bird flu pandemic is highly probable in Russia this summer, said Gennady
Onishchenko, chief of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's consumer rights watchdog,
according to a report from the Interfax news agency.
"The epicenter of the
bird flu virus's pandemic strain formation has shifted to Russia,"
Onishchenko told a news conference on Tuesday.
Rospotrebnadzor and other agencies' serious and successful work will largely
determine when the pandemic strain strikes our planet, he said.
Due to unusually cold
temperatures in the Southern Caspian region - in Iran and Turkey - and
rather warm weather in southern Russia this year, migrating birds nested in
unlikely places. "This explains early bird flu outbreaks in Dagestan and
other locations in the Southern Federal District," Onishchenko said.
in Two Years
bluntly that a bird flu pandemic will arrive in two years.
director of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences’ Influenza Institute,
Oleg Kiselyov, said that a global epidemic of bird flu will occur in two
years, Interfax reported Wednesday. “A pandemic will occur, and it will
occur in two years,” Kiselyov told journalists at a science workshop
conference in the Russian Agricultural Sciences Academy.
More Flu in
Mosnews.com reports new bird flu outbreaks in central Russia, although
the strain of the virus has not been announced. According to the report, “so
far, about 60 infected locations in Siberian, Urals and Central Russian
regions have been detected. In about 100 locations, poultry was under
suspicion of infection.”
agriculture minister Aleksei Gordeyev said on Friday the Russian media was
guilty of exaggerating bird flu scares. He said “this subject will be closed
and forgotten in a week or two.” Earlier, eccentric Russian MP Aleksei
Mitrofanov said that bird flu was invented by Americans who wanted to
dominate the world’s poultry markets.
Russia, Romania and
Russia has confirmed an
outbreak of H5N1 flu at a far, south of Moscow. Romania has announced
its second bird flu outbreak.
has also confirmed a new H5N1 outbreak.