officials have confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu among poultry in the Tibetan
capital of Lhasa.
The official Xinhua news agency quoted China's ministry of agriculture as
saying officials found the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which can be fatal to
humans, in poultry sold at a market in Lhasa on April 12.
The ministry said it had taken emergency measures, culling more than 1,600
birds, and that the epidemic is under control.
Officials also said no one who came into contact with the infected poultry
has shown any signs of the disease.
The World Health Organization says bird flu has killed more than 250 people
since it resurfaced in Asia in 2003. At least five people have died from bird
flu in China this year.
Some information for this report was provided by
AFP and Reuters.