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Burma Bans Poultry Imports From India


State-run media in Burma say the government has banned poultry imports from India following a bird-flu outbreak there.

India declared itself free of bird flu one year ago, but authorities recently reported the deadly H5N1 virus strain has been detected again among poultry in northeastern India.

Burma's announcement on Saturday does not make clear the extent of its poultry trade with India.

The H5N1 strain of avian flu was detected in Burma just last week. Health officials said they would destroy nearly four thousand chickens at a farm in Letpadan township northwest of Rangoon to contain the outbreak.

Burma has found avian-flu virus in poultry flocks several times in the past, but none of the outbreaks have affected humans.

The bird-flu virus has been found sporadically in people in recent years, usually among those who have handled infected poultry. Worldwide, the virus has killed at least 192 people since 2003.

Information for this story is provided by AFP.

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