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China Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak in Tibet


Chinese officials have confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu among poultry in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted China's ministry of agriculture as saying officials found the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which can be fatal to humans, in poultry sold at a market in Lhasa on April 12.

The ministry said it had taken emergency measures, culling more than 1,600 birds, and that the epidemic is under control.

Officials also said no one who came into contact with the infected poultry has shown any signs of the disease.

The World Health Organization says bird flu has killed more than 250 people since it resurfaced in Asia in 2003. At least five people have died from bird flu in China this year.

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

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