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2/15/06

Official: Humans not infected by H5N1 bird flu in northern Iran

Tehran, Feb 15, IRNA-No cases of human infection by the H5N1 bird flu has been detected in Iran's northern province of Gilan where a number of wild migrant swans were found dead by the disease, said a health ministry official on Wednesday.

Speaking to IRNA, Deputy Health Minister Moayed Alavian assured that none of the residents of the Caspian Sea province was infected by the virus.

Iran's veterinary organization said on Tuesday that first cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu had been found in wild swans dead by the disease in Bandar Anzali wetland.

The wetland is home to migrant birds from Russia that spend winter in northern Iran.

Alavian stressed that the best way to prevent the virus spread is to keep domestic fowls in roofed places and avoid touching them.

The official added that there are enough vaccines in Iran to avoid humans being infected by the H5N1 bird flu.

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