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No bird flu in Kyrgyzstan

No bird flu cases have been reported in Kyrgyzstan since the beginning of the migration of wild birds. "Kyrgyzstan remains unaffected by this highly pathogenic disease," Talant Uzakbayev, director of the State Veterinary Department, told a news conference on Thursday. "Migrating birds mostly fly through the Chui and Issyk-Kul regions in Northern Kyrgyzstan, which have over 1,000 natural lakes. But no bird flu cases have been reported thus far," he said. Uzakbayev also said that massive bird deaths, mostly pigeons, were reported in southern Kyrgyzstan in February. "But laboratory tests suggest the deaths were caused by unusually low temperatures and heavy snowfalls. Birds were dying of exposure and starvation," Uzakbayev said. /Kabar/

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