Bird flu did not kill zoo's owls

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22 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The first test results done on two owls that died in Blijdorp animal park in Rotterdam last week have uncovered no trace of the bird flu virus H5N1, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

22 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The first test results done on two owls that died in Blijdorp animal park in Rotterdam last week have uncovered no trace of the bird flu virus H5N1, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said it was possible that the virus may have been present in the owls, but that researchers had not been able to isolate it. What the owls did die of is still not known.

The ministry expects the definitive results of the investigation on Friday.

The two owls were found dead around a week ago and showed signs of possible infection with the virus.

Blijdorp was the first zoo in Europe given permission to vaccinate its animals against bird flu.

Should the owls prove to have died from the virus, which can be harmful to humans, it would be the first case in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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