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Burma Announces New Bird Flu Outbreak


Agricultural officials in Burma say they have detected a new outbreak of bird flu among poultry.

Officials say the H5N1 strain of the virus has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Bago, around 80 kilometers north of Rangoon. Around 1,000 birds have been culled to prevent the spread of the virus.

Burma has reported several outbreaks of bird flu among poultry, but has not reported any cases among humans.

The World Health Organization says 190 people have died from the virus since the outbreak began in 2003, mostly in Asian countries.

The virus is mostly transmitted to humans through contact with infected animals. However, experts fear that the virus could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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