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Bird flu cases found in northern Iran

Press TV - Iran's Veterinary Organization has announced migratory and indigenous birds have tested positive for the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus.

"Avian flu, earlier reported among migratory swans in the International Anzali Wetland in northern Iran, has been detected among geese, ducks and domestic hens in Barzanghib village near the wetland," the Organization's chief, Mojtaba Norouzi told ISNA.

The Organization culled domestic birds of the village to ward off an outbreak of the deadly virus in the vicinity of the wetland, he said, urging locals to avoid hunting.

The official had earlier told the news agency that the Organization destroys any poultry in places where birds have been discovered with suspicious respiratory diseases.

Iran had officially announced an outbreak of bird flu among migratory birds in late 2005.

It was reported last week that Indonesia and Iran reached a tentative deal to co-produce bird flu vaccines.

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