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One more bird flu infection recorded in Iraq’s Diyala: official

Bird flu (representational photo).

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A new bird flu infection focus was discovered in Iraq’a Diyala, an official  was quoted saying on Tuesday as the disease forced farmers to kill birds in thousands.

Udai al-Khadran, mayor of Diyala’s al-Khales, told Alsumaria News  that a new infection focus was discovered at a farm in Badwaniya, east of the town.

He urged to tighten protection measures by preventing the exit of birds from the area.

Udai had revealed in a recent statement that the infection killed more that 130.000 chickens in the province.

Last Tuesday, NRT quoted a medical source in Mosul saying that al-Salam Educational Hospital in the eastern region recorded three deaths with the disease, while the fourth case was recorded at al-Shifa Hospital in the western region of the city.

Earlier this month, Iraqi agriculture minister Falah Hassan declared that a poultry farm caught the infection in Babil province, days after another infection focus in Diyala province was brought under control.

The Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health confirmed the reporting about Diyala, saying that the infection killed 7250 out of 43000 birds.

Last year, the World Health Organization warned of a highly-contagious, new strain of bird flu outbreak in Iran.

 



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