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Bird Flu Spreads in Europe, EU Indecisive About Vaccinations


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

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

German veterinary officials Tuesday confirmed 22 new cases of flu in birds on the island of Ruegen, bringing the total in the country to 103.

Croatia has confirmed the H5N1 virus in a wild swan found dead last week.

Tuesday, France and the Netherlands petitioned European Union animal health experts to allow them to vaccinate their poultry.

However, after a day of debate, the experts failed to reach agreement but decided to continue the discussion Wednesday.

Bird flu has killed more than 90 people since 2003 in Asia.

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