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Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Reported in Tibet

by 5m Editor
15 December 2011, at 1:01am

TIBET - Dr Zhang Zhongqui, Director General of China Animal Disease Control Centre from the Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a village near Lhasa.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 12 December. According to the report, the outbreak took place in Lhasa. The outbreak was first observed on 2 December and confirmed on 12 December. The causal agent was noted as highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, H5N1.

A total of 1865 birds were found susceptible, out of which 290 cases were reported. An apparent case fatality rate of 100 per cent was noted, meaning all 290 affected birds were found dead. A total of 1575 birds were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak remains unknown.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.