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Sat 10 Dec 2005
Sergei Dankvert, the chief of Russia's Federal Veterinary Service, was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying that a laboratory in the Russian city of Vladimir had confirmed the strain found in Ukraine was "the so-called Asian strain H5N1 that poses a potential threat to man."
The Russian veterinary service press department could not confirm the ITAR-Tass report, and the laboratory, the All-Russia Research Institute of Animal Protection, referred callers to the Agriculture Ministry in Moscow, which oversees the vet service.
Petro Kovalenko, a senior official at Ukraine's Veterinary Service, however, said they had not received any confirmation.
MOSCOW, Dec. 9
"This is so-called Asian strain H5N1 that poses a potential threat to man," Russian chief agriculture inspector Sergei Dankvert told the Itar-Tass news agency, referring to the virus found in Ukraine and sent to the All-Russia Research Institute of Animal Protection for testing.
Ukraine is also waiting for results of laboratory tests in Britain next week.