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Burma Has Second Bird Flu Outbreak in a Month


Health officials say Burma has detected its second bird flu outbreak in less than a month.

Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 virus on a poultry farm in Letpadan township northwest of Rangoon. Health officials are killing nearly four-thousand chickens to try to control the outbreak.

Earlier this month, animal and health authorities confirmed a bird flu outbreak on two poultry farms in Mon state, in southern Burma.

The country has reported several outbreaks of bird flu among poultry, but has not reported any human cases.

Worldwide, at least 192 people have died from the virus since the outbreak began in 2003.

The World Health Organization says close contact with dead or sick birds is the main source of human infection.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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