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March 22, 2006

Pakistan: H5N1 confirmed

Via the Khaleej Times Online: Pakistan confirms first two cases of H5N1.

Pakistan's beleaguered poultry industry braced for a further drop in sales after the government announced on Tuesday the country's first two cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

H5 avian influenza was detected in chickens at two farms in northwestern Pakistan last month, sending chicken sales tumbling by 40 percent, according to an industry association. The government said tests conducted in Britain confirmed the subtype to be H5N1.

The Agriculture Ministry said it had taken all necessary measures to stop it spreading further in Pakistan but urged farmers to be vigilant.
"We are continuously watching to see whether there is another outbreak elsewhere (in Pakistan)," ministry spokesman Mohammed Afzal told Geo television.

Neighboring India, Iran and most recently, Afghanistan, have already reported H5N1 outbreaks, but officials confirmed this was the first in Pakistan.

Posted by dymaxion at March 22, 2006 01:25 PM

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