Poland confirms bird flu cases

Poland has confirmed the first two cases of H5 bird flu in the country, the agriculture minister said today.

Poland has confirmed the first two cases of H5 bird flu in the country, the agriculture minister said today.

Further tests were being conducted on the wild swans to determine if it is the deadly H5N1 strain, which has reached Poland’s neighbours, including Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia.

Agriculture Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel said the H5 virus was detected in the swans, which were found dead on Thursday in the centre of Torun, a northern city about 120 miles northwest of Warsaw.

An EU laboratory in Britain was conducting tests on samples from Poland and results were expected within days, Jurgiel said.

In Brussels, the European Commission said it had been informed by Polish authorities that they were applying a set of EU precautionary measures passed last month for dealing with a bird flu outbreak.

Those measures include ordering poultry indoors within two miles of the outbreak as well as intensified food controls for any meat leaving the area.

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