updated 3/10/2009 2:17:31 PM ET 2009-03-10T18:17:31

The European Commission says a wild duck shot in the German state of Bavaria has tested positive for the lethal H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

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Bird flu is difficult for people to catch but the H5N1 strain has killed at least 250 people worldwide.

The EU executive says it is the first wild bird case in the 27 nation bloc this year and was reported by German authorities.

The last wild bird case of the virus was reported in Britain, when 11 birds tested positive in Feb. 2008.

The EU said Tuesday that German authorities have taken measures to ensure the virus has not spread.

Bird flu has ravaged poultry stocks in Asia, and scientists believe it spread to both Europe and Africa via migratory wild birds.

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