Bachaao! Bird Flu’s here…


Tests have confirmed Pakistan’s first cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, officials say.

The virus has been detected in chickens in two farms in north-west Pakistan which have now been sealed off, reports quote officials as saying.

The presence of the strain was confirmed by the European Union’s Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in England. The virus has already been detected in neighbouring India and Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, nearly 25,000 chickens were slaughtered in the two farms in the Abbotabad and Charsadda districts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after the virus was detected.”

For complete story, visit: BBC News

2 Comments so far

  1. Danyal (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 1:06 am

    Great! just what we needed. Weve had MAD COW & now CHICKEN FLU..whats next.. MAD GOAT FLU?? :)

  2. Sana (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    According to my dad, the bird flu’s always been in Pakistan, just it wasn’t given that particular fancy shmancy term. Me thinks people are just trying to blow things out of proportion.

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