Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Laos finds first bird flu case since 2004

BANGKOK, May 17 (Reuters) - The H5N1 bird flu strain has been found in a duck in Laos, but there is no sign that the virus is spreading, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.

The isolated case in a backyard farm 20 km (12 miles) south of Vientiane is the first since the Southeast Asian nation reported an outbreak among poultry in early 2004.

“We are doing surveillance and so far everything is negative,” Ricarda Mondry, the FAO’s chief technical adviser on avian influenza in Laos, told Reuters.

The duck was discovered in February by researchers on a surveillance project in the area. The case was reported recently to the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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Reuters

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