A strain of bird flu has been detected among more than 1500 domestic fowl that died suddenly on Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula. The agriculture ministry says it is possible the strain of the virus is the one that could be dangerous to humans, and samples are now being sent to Britain for further analysis.
Bird flu has now been detected in numerous European countries, and experts had warned of a high probability of the virus being found in Crimea, as it is a stopping point for migratory birds heading south for the winter.
Authorities in Crimea say a quarantine has been imposed on five villages and birds are being destroyed in the affected areas. And, as in other parts of Europe, people have been told to keep domestic birds indoors so they do not mix with wild birds.