Authorities in Bavaria say seven dead birds found in two lakes near Nuremburg have tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, the first cases in Germany this year. People have been warned to keep their dogs on a lead and to steer clear of waterfowl.
Additional tests on the five swans, one duck and one goose are underway with the results expected within a few days. In 2006 13 European Union countries were hit by bird flu and earlier this month cases were reported in the Czech Republic. The H5N1 strain has decimated poultry stocks since 2003 and killed as many as 191 people worldwide.