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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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