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H5 bird flu found in Afghanistan: UN

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said five swab samples from poultry farms in Kabul and Jalalabad tested positive for H5.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 15:38 IST

The H5 strain of bird flu has been found at two sites in Afghanistan and there's a high risk that tests could prove it to be the deadly H5N1 virus, a UN agency said on Monday.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said five swab samples from backyard poultry farms in Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabadtested positive on Monday for H5, and that tests were under way to discern the subtype.

"There's a high risk that the virus detected is H5N1, but other possibilities remain at this time," an FAO statement issued in Kabul said.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 15:38 IST