Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ukraine Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads

It looks like it's getting closer--Ukraine Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads.

Ukraine's bird flu outbreak appeared to have escalated Monday as health officials reported new cases of domestic foul found dead in two cities and 19 villages on the Crimean peninsula.

The bird flu virus had been confirmed only in nine of the villages, said Irina Shakhno, spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry's Crimean office.

The Health Ministry said that reports were coming in about domestic birds found dead in 10 other villages, the regional capital, Simferopol, and another city, Feodosia. It was not immediately clear how many birds had died.

Feodosia is along the coast. Simferopol, on the other hand, is in the middle of the peninsula. Is it creeping this way? Who knows but it started out in the Danube delta area in southwestern Ukraine near Romania. Romania was where the first outbreaks were in the area. The Crimea is closer to Kiev than that though it isn't in a straight line.

And we are having chicken tonight.

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