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More H5N1 Wild Bird Flu in Tomsk Region In Russia

Recombinomics Commentary

August 31, 2005

In The verkhneketskeye, Kolpashevskeye, Tegul'detskeye and Zyryansk regions of Tomskaya province because of the discovered in the tests of the blood of wild ducks and synanthropic birds of antibodies to the virus of influenza is forbidden autumnal hunting the planktonic game.

The above online translation provides additional evidence for H5N1 wild bird infections in Tomsk.  These data support earlier reports which described Tomsk wild birds with antibodies to H5N1.  Tomsk is not included in the official announcements for H5N1 infections, even though H5N1 has been laboratory confirmed.  The positive birds have bee limited to wild birds.

The above data provides additional support for widespread H5N1 infections.  The H5N1 positive birds also provide additional evidence for transport and transmission of H5N1 by wild birds.  The birds cited above and in companion reports suggest that some birds have survived the H5N1 infections,  Similar support was provided by a wild duck that was shot down in Altai Republic.

The above data indicate H5N1 is present in wild birds in report areas.  Similar data was found for wild birds in Mongolia.  Scientists from WHO and Russia are traveling to Mongolia to look at the isolates in Mongolia as well as spread to the east.  The simultaneous reporting of H5N1 for the first time in Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan suggests genetic similarities between the various H5N1 isolates linked to wild bird flu.

The reports provide additional data that was requested by ProMed.  The reports also support H5N1 infections in northern Siberia, because the reported regions in Tomsk are north and east of the major band of H5N1 outbreaks in southern Siberia (see dynamic map).

As the migration of birds from southern Siberia begins, more H5N1 outbreaks are expected.


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