Bird flu appears to have spread to another part of Russia as authorities try to contain an outbreak around Moscow. About 3,000 wild ducks have been destroyed near the Black Sea city of Anapa after a number were found dead. Separately, experts are carrying out tests at a fourth location near the capital. A veterinary official said it is almost certain the deadly H5N1 strain is the cause, as in the three earlier cases.
Strict measures have been put in place to combat the spread of the disease. It is understood the chickens involved in all four cases were bought at a market close to the main motorway encircling Moscow. No human cases of bird flu have been recorded in Russia yet. People who had been in contact with the dead birds were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but showed no signs of any illness. The outbreak is Russia’s second this year and the first ever recorded close to the capital.