Thursday, November 15, 2007

H5N1 detected at poultry farm in Saudi Arabia

"The lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected at a poultry farm in Saudi Arabia and 50,000 birds have been culled, the agriculture ministry said.
It said tests were carried out after 1,500 birds died in a farm of the Al-Kharj region, 150 kilometres south of Riyadh.
All the birds on the farm were subsequently culled and the area disinfected, with measures taken to ensure other farms in the area were not affected, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
It said no human case has been found and an investigation was taking place to determine the origin of the illness.
The kingdom banned all live poultry imports after bird flu was last detected in Saudi Arabia in March.
In April, neighbouring Kuwait culled 1.7 million birds after the strain was found, but there no reports of human cases."

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