Bird Flu Virus Reported in Spain for First Time

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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