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.