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First H5N1 Outbreaks Reported In Pakistan

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.

(AFP, Reuters)

Affected Areas

Affected Areas

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.

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