New bird flu outbreak in Pakistan

June 23rd, 2008 - 12:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 23 (Xinhua) Pakistan has confirmed a new outbreak of avian flu in a poultry farm in the country’s northwest, The News daily reported Monday. The virus was detected in Hamid farm in Swabi district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after its owner informed that 4,000 chickens died in the past days, the newspaper said.

The province’s livestock and dairy development department and the World Health Organization (WHO) officials said tests conducted in Islamabad laboratory on the tissues of the dead birds proved the presence of deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

The remaining 2,000 chickens were culled after the confirmation of bird flu outbreak. Another poultry farm was also sealed, the newspaper said.

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