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Bhutan reports outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu - OIE

PARIS, March 13 (Reuters) - Bhutan has reported an outbreak
of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard
birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health
(OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the country's
agriculture ministry.

The virus killed 36 out of 60 free-ranging birds reared
within a temple complex in Samdrup Jongkhar. The remaining birds
were slaughtered, the report said.

"The birds were brought from unknown sources illegally and
kept within the temple complex. The disease is so far confined
within the temple complex owing to strict enforcement of control
measures," the report said.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz, editing by Louise Heavens)

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