China confirms bird flu outbreak

21-04-2009 | |

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu in Lhasa, southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region.

The national bird flu laboratory confirmed that the H5N1 bird flu virus was found in poultry sold at a poultry wholesale market in Chengguan District of Lhasa on 12 April.

It has been reported that emergency measures have been taken and the epidemic has been brought under control. A total of 1,679 fowl were culled after the outbreak.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist