KIEV, December 10 (RIA Novosti, Vladimir Suprun) - A bird flu outbreak has been recorded in 19 settlements in the Crimea, an autonomy on the Black Sea, Ukrainian TV channel NTN reported Saturday. The TV channel said 40,000 birds suspected of being infected with the virus had been killed in 17 villages.
The Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry said the situation in the areas where the virus had been discovered was under control.
Friday, Ukraine's ICTV channel reported the mutation of the bird flu virus discovered in the Crimea was unlike any other that had been found in the world and was extremely dangerous for humans.
The final word on the type of virus strain will be announced after the test results are received from Europe.
Ukraine 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.