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Bird flu confirmed in 10 rural communities across Russia

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MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) - Suspected cases of avian influenza have now been confirmed in ten rural communities across Russia and are being verified in 19 others, the Agriculture Ministry said in a press release Monday. The confirmed outbreak sites are in the central regions of Tula and Tambov, as well as in the Urals province of Chelyabinsk and in Omsk and Altai, in Siberia.

Russia's Kurgan region is the worst affected, with three confirmed outbreak sites and three suspected. In the Novosibirsk province, 16 communities are currently under suspicion.