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Qinghai  H5N1 Confirmed in Krasnodar
Recombinomics Commentary
January 29, 2007

Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement the virus was detected in dead birds found in three domestic yards in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia.

The above comments describe H5N1 at three farms in Krasnodar.  These reports follow confirmation of H5N1 in Hungary and raise additional questions about detection failures in neighboring countries.

In Azerbaijan, just south of Krasnodar, the fatal pneumonia case (14M) who was a brother of a H5N1 case from last season that was linked to wild birds, is under investigation.  The H5N1 to the north in Krasnodar and to the south in Egypt suggest H5N1 infections in the Middle East are going unreported or undetected.

All of the H5N1 in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa last season was the H5N1 Qinghai strain, which is transported and transmitted by wild birds.  The recent confirmed cases in these regions raise serious questions about reporting deficiencies in neighboring countries.

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