Thursday, August 31, 2006

Dog contracts bird flu in central Thailand: doctor

A dog in Thai central province of Suphan Buri has been found contracting the deadly bird flu virus after eating infected ducks, a Thai doctor said Wednesday.

Professor Dr. Yong Pooworawan of the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, who disclosed the news, refused to elaborate further on the findings, including when the dog was found contracting the virus or whether the dog has died of the disease.

According to Thai newspaper the Nation, a researcher at the Kasetsart University first found the bird-flu infection in the dog and the findings will be published in a foreign journal—Emerging of Infectious Diseases—soon.

Thailand is now fighting a new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus, which has been confirmed in several provinces across the country.

The latest outbreak killed two man in northern provinces, prompting officials to conduct a large-scale culling of infected chickens.

Several hundred persons have also been placed under quarantine as the Thai government attempts to contain the outbreak.

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