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Tibet reports new outbreak of bird flu

world Updated: Apr 19, 2009 22:06 IST
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Nearly 1,700 birds in Lhasa were culled after a new outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in the Tibetan capital, but no human infections have been found, China's Ministry of Agriculture announced on Sunday.

The ministry said a new outbreak of bird flu was found in Tibet after the national bird flu laboratory confirmed that the H5N1 bird flu virus was found in poultry sold at a poultry wholesale market in Chengguan District of Lhasa on April 12.

Emergency measures have been taken and the epidemic has been brought under control, the ministry said in a brief notice, and 1,679 birds were culled after the outbreak.

According to the local health department, "no abnormalities" were found among people in contact with the poultry, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Eight people have contracted bird flu this year in China, five of whom died.

In February, China slaughtered over 13,000 birds after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed in northwest region of Xinjiang.