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Bird flu: Russia opens hunting season early

Updated: September 9, 2005, 3:44 PM ET
Reuters — Sept. 9, 2005

MOSCOW — Some Russian regions have opened the hunting season early in an attempt to stop the spread of a deadly outbreak of bird flu, media reported recently.

In the regions of Irkutsk, in eastern Siberia, and Penza, in European Russia, local officials decided to open the hunting season for birds early, even though there have been no cases of bird flu in those regions, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Russia is trying to contain an outbreak of bird flu, which has spread across ...

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