Macedonia latest

Macedonia’s president was locked indoors for three hours this week after an eagle dropped dead in his backyard and vets wary of the spread of bird flu were brought in to disinfect the area.

The veterinary authority said the dead eagle was discovered in an elite residential zone of Skopje where President Branko Crvenkovski and several foreign ambassadors live.

“The bird was taken for further analysis and the location has been disinfected,” the authority said. “Preliminary results exclude the possibility of bird flu.”

A source close to the president’s office told Reuters the bird plunged to earth in Crvenkovski’s garden. The president and his family were told to stay indoors by security officers as veterinary workers checked the area.

Health authorities have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in northern Greece, which borders Macedonia, but Macedonia itself has yet to record a case.

Poor Branko!

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