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Poland detects first case of H5 birdflu-sources

Written by: Staff

WARSAW, Mar 5 (Reuters) Poland has detected its first case of H5 bird flu after two swans were found dead on the bank of the River Vistula in the northern city of Torun, government sources said.

''Initial tests confirmed that it is the H5 virus. We don't know yet, however, if it is the deadly (H5N1) kind. More tests will be done in Poland and abroad,'' a senior official familiar with the test results told Reuters.

Another government source confirmed the information.

Private news channel TVN24 also said the swans were infected with the H5 virus.

The H5N1 strain, which can infect humans, has been found in neighbouring Germany and elsewhere around Europe.

Reuters SY RS1507

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