Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Pakistan culls chickens after H5N1 Avian Influenza found

Pakistan 21 August, 2007 Pakistani authorities have detected an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in a northwestern town and have culled more than 35,000 birds.
Several outbreaks of H5N1 strain of avian influenza have been found in birds this year in Pakistan, where the virus first appeared in early 2006. Pakistan has had no human cases.
The new outbreak was found in late July at a big farm in Mansehra town, 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital, Islamabad.
"Samples were tested after reports of the death of about 14,000 chickens," said Food and Agriculture Ministry official, Rafiq-ul-Hassan Usmani.
"The remaining 35,000 birds were culled after the samples tested positive," he said (Reuters).