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India reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu – OIE – Metro US

India reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu – OIE

A worker sits next to empty chicken cages at a
A worker sits next to empty chicken cages at a wholesale market in New Delhi

PARIS (Reuters) – India reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry research farm in the northeastern state of Bihar, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.

The virus killed 787 out of 3,859 birds on the farm in Patna and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from India’s authorities.

The outbreak started on Jan. 18 and was reported on Feb. 16, according to the report.

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, editing by Gus Trompiz)

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