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First Bird Flu Outbreak Discovered in Burma


Burma has found the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in chickens, in what is believed to be the country's first outbreak of the disease.

Experts Monday confirmed the cases after more than 100 chickens were found dead at a farm outside the city of Mandalay. There have been no reports of human infection.

Elsewhere, Cameroon on Sunday became the fourth African country to report a case of the deadly bird flu virus. The disease was discovered at a duck farm in the northern town of Maroua.

Cameroon had already implemented a ban on importing birds after the H5N1 virus was reported in neighboring Nigeria.

Health officials are concerned that Africa is not prepared to combat the avian flu because of a lack of money and other resources. Avian flu has killed 97 people since 2003, mostly in Asia.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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