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Bird flu virus mutation in Ukraine is unique


KIEV, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - The mutation of the bird flu virus discovered in the Crimea, an autonomy on the Black Sea, is unlike any other that has been found in the world and is extremely dangerous for humans, Ukraine's ICTV channel reported Friday.

The TV channel said 7,000 birds suspected of the virus had been culled over the past 24 hours.

The final word on the type of virus strain will be announced after the test results are received from Europe.

The Ukrainian leadership recently imposed a state of emergency in the Crimea. Poultry imports from the area have been banned and mass vaccinations of the population are under way.

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