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    BRUSSELS, August 23 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Shyshlo) -The European Commission says Russian veterinary services have the bird flu virus under control.

    "We are observing the situation and it may be said that there are no grounds for panic," an EC spokesperson said.

    The source said the EU's August 12 ban on importing live poultry from Russia and Kazakhstan was a sufficiently protective measure.

    "The analysis we conducted showed that the risk of bird flu spreading to EU countries is considerably low," the spokesperson said, adding that Brussels was satisfied with the information on the problem that Russian veterinary authorities had provided.

    Outbreaks of bird flu have been discovered in seven constituent members of the Russian Federation: five in Siberia (Altai, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tyumen and Kurgan), one in the South Urals (Chelyabinsk) and another in the Southern Federal District (Kalmykia).

    The source said not all EU members shared the Netherlands' opinion that poultry must be isolated to keep them from contracting the deadly virus.

    Representatives of EU states' veterinary services will discuss the bird flu situation and antiviral measures in Brussels August 25.

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