More than half a million other chickens at the farm are to be destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading, said Rostov regional emergency services officer Sergei Kozhemyaka.
In September, authorities reported an H5N1 outbreak at a poultry farm in the southern Krasnodar region. In February, the strain was confirmed in several suburban Moscow districts, where it killed hundreds of domestic birds and forced the slaughter of 2,000 more birds.
No human cases of bird flu have been reported in Russia , which had its first reported cases of H5N1 in Siberia in 2005. World health authorities are tracking the H5N1 strain out of concern that it could mutate into a form more easily transmitted among people, sparking a global flu pandemic.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons