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Pakistanis find H5N1 bird flu at another farm

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (Reuters) The highly deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed at another Pakistani poultry farm, an Agriculture Ministry official said today.

Authorities confirmed outbreaks of the H5N1 virus at two poultry farms in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) in February.

The new outbreak was discovered on a farm near the capital, Islamabad.

''It was an small farm and we have already destroyed a total 3,500 chickens there,'' Mohammad Afzal, the ministry's livestock commissioner, told Reuters.

Pakistan has had no human cases of the disease.

REUTERS SI HT1620

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