Bird flu found in Tibet: state media

Apr 19, 2009
Bird flu

Chinese officials had confirmed the outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu among poultry in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, state media reported Sunday, quoting the ministry of agriculture.

The Xinhua news agency reported that the H5N1 virus, which can be fatal to humans, had been found in poultry sold at a wholesale market in Lhasa on April 12.

"Emergency measures have been taken and the epidemic has been brought under control," with 1,679 birds culled, the ministry was quoted as saying.

No one who came into contact with the infected poultry had shown any signs of illness, the report said.

China reported its first outbreak among this year in February in the Xinjiang, in the far northwest of the country.

Twenty-five people have died from bird flu in China since the disease re-emerged in 2003, according to latest World Health Organisation figures.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: S. Korea reports new MERS case after four days of hiatus

Related Stories

Bird flu outbreak reported in Russia

Oct 01, 2007

Hundreds of thousands of birds at a poultry farm in Russia's southern Krasnodar Terroritory are being destroyed following an outbreak of bird flu.

Hong Kong bird tests positive for H5N1

Mar 06, 2009

Hong Kong authorities said Friday that a dead chicken found in the southern Chinese territory had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

Japan reports bird flu outbreak on quail farm

Feb 27, 2009

An outbreak of bird flu has been reported on a quail farm in central Japan but no animals have died and no humans have been infected, the agriculture ministry said Friday.

Recommended for you

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

3 hours ago

Washington state health officials say measles caused the death of a woman from the northwest part of the state in the spring—the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in Washington since 1990.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.