|The dead birds were found on the edge of Schwedt, a city near the border of Poland, a spokesman for the agriculture ministry in the eastern state Brandenburg said.
He said the ministry did not have confirmation yet that the birds had the deadliest Asian strain of the H5N1 flu virus. `The probability that it is, however, is high,` the spokesman said. On Friday [24 Feb 2006], 2 dead ducks were found to carry the dangerous strain of avian flu in the north western state of Schleswig-Holstein, while another one tested positive in the south western state of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Most of the birds killed by the virus, 114 altogether, were in the Baltic coast state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the majority on an island called Ruegen.
The bird flu found in all 3 states has been the deadly Asia form of the virus, local and federal officials have said.
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