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(CNN) -- A cat in Germany has been infected with bird flu, health authorities said Tuesday.

The virus was discovered in a cat found dead on the island of Ruegen, in northern Germany, said Elke Reinking, press officer at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute on the island of Riems in northern Germany.

Homeowners within a 5 kilometer (3 mile) radius of where the cat's carcass was found are being advised to keep their cats indoors.

Tests to determine whether the cat died of bird flu were not expected to be completed until the end of the week.

Last [northern hemisphere] summer, dozens of tigers in Thailand died after eating dead birds infected with the H5N1 virus.

Some of the tigers apparently infected other tigers, officials said.

In addition, the laboratory has determined that four of 128 birds it has tested from throughout Germany were infected with the highly pathogenic form of H5N1, she said.

The other 124 had a low-pathogenic strain of the H5N1 virus, she said.

Earlier, Swedish authorities said Tuesday that a deadly strain of bird flu had been found in two wild ducks in southern Sweden, however they were unable to immediately confirm what strain, The Associated Press reports.

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