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Bird Flu Virus Reported in Spain for First Time

July 08, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Spain has recorded its first case of H5N1 bird flu, the Agriculture Ministry said Friday. The deadly strain was found in a water fowl in a marsh area outside the northern city of Vitoria.

A protective area of two miles was declared around the area where the bird -- known as a great crested grebe -- was found, the ministry statement said. Outdoor poultry farming had been banned within six miles of marshlands where migratory birds tend to gather.

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