A bird-flu awareness campaign in Afghanistan last month (epa)
March 16, 2006 -- The United Nations and the Afghan government have confirmed an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in Afghanistan.
In a joint statement they said H5N1 has been confirmed in six samples of dead birds. It wasn't immediately clear where the samples were found.
Experts earlier had said they were concerned that the H5N1 strain would appear in Afghanistan, given the country's poor infrastructure for animal and human health.
The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed millions of birds and about 100 people around the world 2003. Most of the human victims caught the disease from very close contact with infected birds.
Click on the map for a closer view of the areas within RFE/RL's broadcast region where cases of diseased fowl have been confirmed. Last updated on February 20.
BIRD FLU, or avian influenza, continues to menace scattered areas from East Asia, where the disease first appeared, to Southeastern and Eastern Europe and beyond. Authorities around the world are bracing themselves -- and, more importantly, planning and taking measures to fight the disease wherever it appears.