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Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Hungary


A Hungarian government spokesman says the deadly strain of bird flu virus has been found in southern Hungary.

The spokesman, Andras Batiz, said Tuesday three wild swans found last week have tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

A British laboratory confirmed the test results.

German veterinary officials Tuesday confirmed 22 new cases of flu in birds on the island of Ruegen.

The German government announced Monday the virus had spread to the mainland. 103 cases have now been found in wild birds in Germany. Troops have been deployed to control the outbreak.

In Malaysia Tuesday, officials began culling birds and launched house-to-house inspections for sick people a day after the nation's first outbreak in more than a year. No human infections have been reported.

And in India, officials wrapped up the culling of thousands of birds to control the latest outbreak in Maharastra state.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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