KIEV, June 13 (RIA Novosti) - Quarantine regulations have been imposed on a village in eastern Ukraine in a bid to deter the spread of bird flu, the Ukrainian emergencies ministry said Tuesday.
"The village [of Peski] has been put in quarantine to deter the spread of the dangerous virus," Igor Krol, head of the emergencies ministry's press service, said.
Krol said more than 7,000 domestic fowl would have to be culled, adding that villagers would be compensated for the dead poultry. He said more than 70 ministry experts were currently working in the area, and that work would be completed within the next two days.
"There is no danger to people's health," he said.
The disease, originating in East Asia, has spread worldwide. Scientists fear the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus of bird flu could mutate into a form that passes easily between humans and spark a global pandemic.
Ukraine was previously hit by several bird flu outbreaks in its Crimea region on the Black Sea coast last fall, when more than 150,000 domestic fowl were culled in 40 locations around the peninsula.