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    URGENT: Bird flu came from Southeast Asia -- consumer protection and health authority

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    MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The consumer protection and health authority has confirmed that the bird flu virus came to the Novosibirsk region (Siberia) from southern Asia.

    "Russia's state national center for virus studies and biotechnology, Vektor, has identified a À/Í5N1/ virus in a sample taken in the village of Suzdalsk in the Novosibirsk region (Siberia). The virus has been sequenced and its Southeast Asian origin has been confirmed," a press release from the authority said.

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