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The deadly H5N1 bird flu strain has been confirmed in another wild bird in Dorset, southern England, agriculture officials said on Friday.
LONDON, February 29 (RIA Novosti) - The deadly H5N1 bird flu strain has been confirmed in another wild bird in Dorset, southern England, agriculture officials said on Friday.

The goose was found dead on February 25 around a mile (1.5 kms) from the site where a case of bird flu was discovered less than a month ago, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

So far, at least 11 wild birds have been killed by bird flu since January in the U.K., with the last case confirmed on February 4.

Although no cases of human-to-human transmission of H5N1 have been reported, scientists fear the virus could mutate into a strain that could pass easily between people, causing a global pandemic.

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