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Bird with H5N1 virus found in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgarian officials say a dead bird found near the Black Sea port of Varna has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus.

The agriculture ministry said Thursday the tests on a common buzzard were conducted at the national veterinary.

No other cases of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza have been detected, but farmers were alerted to the risks of transmission by migratory and wild birds.

Two weeks ago, a bird flu outbreak was found at a backyard poultry farm in a village in neighboring Romania and all its birds were killed.

The European Commission called it the first detection of bird flu in the European Union in a year, following a confirmed case in March 2009 involving a wild duck in Germany.

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