An Afghan chicken seller kisses a chicken in Jalalabad, Afghanistan (file photo) (epa)
March 21, 2006 -- Pakistan says tests have confirmed the country's first known outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
The Agriculture Ministry said today the virus was detected in chickens at two farms in the Northwest Frontier Province. The ministry said it has done everything it can to curb the spread of the disease, but urged farmers to be vigilant.
Neighboring India, Iran, and Afghanistan have already reported outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which can be deadly to humans. The virus has spread through Asia to Europe and Africa, killing around 100 people worldwide since 2003. Most lived in immediate proximity to poultry.