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February 21, 2007

Pakistan: Lab confirms bird flu in capital zoo

Via Pakistan's Daily Times: Lab confirms bird flu in capital zoo. Excerpt:

Lab results have confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 24 birds at the Marghazar Zoo from February 12 to 19, a meeting at the residence of Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao was told on Wednesday.

The meeting was told that the National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NARC) tested the dead birds for bird flu and found the H5N1 strain in them. Zoo officers have started screening, disinfection and isolation of birds and no deaths have taken place since Tuesday.

The National Institute for Health and World Health Organisation have also been contacted for screening and preventive medication of all zoo workers. Complete screening, disinfection and fumigation of the zoo has been started.

Zoo workers are being provided the prescribed personal protection equipment for their safety at work, the meeting was told.

Posted by dymaxion at February 21, 2007 10:09 PM

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