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Bird Flu in Lhasa.

AP) Avian flu has struck a poultry market in Lhasa, prompting the culling of nearly 7,000 birds, the government and state media said. The outbreak of the H5N1 virus, which began 01 March in Lhasa's Chengguan village, killed 680 chickens and prompted the culling of 6,990 birds, according to a Chinese government report that was posted to the website of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak is reported to have been contained after the market had been shut down for a minimum of six months and authorities were trying to determine the source of the infection. A government report, submitted by China's Ministry of Agriculture, also gave details of five H5N1bird flu outbreaks among migratory birds in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and neighbouring Qinghai (Amdo) in April and May of last year. The five outbreaks killed 3,648 birds, including bar-headed geese, brown-headed gulls, crows, hawks and other wild birds, it said.


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