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India Reports Suspected New Cases of Bird Flu


India has reported new cases of bird flu in nearly 200 villages in the western state of Maharashtra, the site of two earlier outbreaks this year.

Officials say they suspect the virus could be the deadly H5N1 strain and tests are underway on samples from the birds. No cases were reported in humans.

Officials say some 250,000 birds would have to be culled.

Reports from the region say the affected villages are in the neighboring states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The affected region includes Maharashtra's Jalgaon district, which also reported India's second set of infections of H5N1 earlier this month.

Meanwhile, a European laboratory has confirmed that a buzzard found dead in Denmark two weeks ago was infected with the deadly strain of bird flu.

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