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Thai officials test chickens for H5N1

Thai officials test chickens for H5N1

A strain of bird flu has been found in chickens in Thailand and it may prove to be the deadly H5N1 virus, senior Agriculture Ministry official Yukol Limlaemthong said yesterday."There is a high possibility it is the N1 strain given that the area has had outbreaks before," Yukol told Reuters.
Officials said the H5 virus was detected on a farm in the northern province of Pichit, one of seven "red zone" provinces where surveillance was stepped up this month, and test results were expected in a few days.
If H5N1 is confirmed, it would be Thailand's first confirmed outbreak of the virus in nearly nine months.
An 11-year-old girl was in a Pichit hospital yesterday with flu-like symptoms after chickens died on her family farm, a doctor told Reuters. Test results are due today.
"The chickens started to die on July 8 and she helped her mother bury the dead chickens without any protective gear," said Sunee Thirakaroonwongse of the Pichit Provincial Hospital.


Updated : 2021-10-22 02:05 GMT+08:00