Poultry found with bird flu in Tibet Market

Poultry from a market in Lhasa, the capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, were found infected with the bird flu virus, China's ministry of agriculture said in a news report.

The birds died on March 1 and tests for the H5 virus by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory were positive, according to the ministry's information office.

Reports said that specialists and officials were taking measures to control the virus and prevent further infection in the area, including closure of the market, a cull of poultry in the market, disinfecting the area, inspections of poultry markets and monitoring of wild birds to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

The report said earlier this month three wild birds and two poultry birds tested positive for the H5 virus out of 325 poultry and 20 wild birds tested in Fujian province, where a woman who contracted the disease last month is in a critical condition, according to authorities.

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