Bird flu confirmed in Kuwait

27-02-2007 | |

It has been confirmed that Kuwait has 12 cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in three turkeys and nine chickens.

The birds in question did not belong to poultry farms. They were found among domestic backyard caged birds. The health ministry is now in the process of testing people who came in contact with the birds. According to the ministry, “About 100 handlers and families of owners of infected birds have been tested and the results were negative. We are continuing the tests.”
This comes on the heels 20 confirmed cases in falcons at a zoo and a farm in the south of the country, the first in two years. The Gulf Arab state first reported a case of the deadly bird flu in a flamingo in 2005.