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Pak destroys 40,000 chickens after flu outbreak

Test results confirmed the presence of H5N1 at poultry farms in Sihala and Tarlai, a spokesman in the Agriculture Ministry said.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 14:38 IST

Pakistan has slaughtered about 40,000 chickens after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu at eight poultry farms on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad, officials said on Monday.

Test results confirmed the presence of H5N1 at poultry farms in Sihala and Tarlai, said a spokesman for the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.

"Some 40,000 chickens have been destroyed since last week after H5N1 virus was confirmed at eight poultry farms in Sihala and Tarlai," spokesman Mohammad Afzal told the agency.

There have been no cases of infection among humans so far.

"Some 36 poultry workers and others were admitted to hospital and they have tested negative," Afzal said.

There have been no reports of bird flu outbreaks in other parts of the country, he said.

Pakistan last week reported an outbreak of bird flu in Tarlai, a village on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Its first two bird flu cases were confirmed last month at two chicken farms in North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan.

The H5N1 strain has killed about 100 people in seven countries since 2003. Scientists fear a global pandemic if the virus mutates and becomes easily transmissible between humans.