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Tibet Hit by Second Bird Flu Outbreak This Year བོད་སྐད།


Chinese authorities have reported the second bird flu outbreak to hit Tibet this year.

China's Agriculture Ministry announced Tuesday that the outbreak has killed 132 poultry in a village on the outskirts of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. A ministry statement says nearly eight thousand birds have been culled.

Laboratory results have confirmed that the virus infecting the birds is the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

Last month, one thousand birds died and 13-thousand were slaughtered in Gongkar (Mandarin: Gongga) county, south of Lhasa.

Tuesday's report comes a day after news of China's 18th human fatality from the virus. Chinese authorities announced Monday the death of a 22-year-old man from central Hunan province -- the country's first death from the disease this year.

Since 2003, bird flu has claimed the lives of 227 people worldwide, most of them in Asia. Most cases involve close contact with infected poultry.

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