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China reports bird flu outbreak in poultry in Tibet

(Reuters)

Chinese officials have detected an outbreak of the highlypathogenicH5N1 strain of bird flu in poultry in the TAR. A total of 1,000 poultry havedied of the disease in Gongkar (Chin: Gongga) county since 25 January, whileanother 13,080 have been culled, the Ministry of Agriculture said on itswebsite(www.agri.gov.cn). "The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratoryconfirmedthe virus as a subtype of the H5N1 strain", it said. Chinese state mediareported earlier this month that a total of 4,850 poultry had died of theH5N1strain of bird flu in Turpan, in Xinjiang, since 29 December, promptingauthorities there to cull another 29,383 birds.


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