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UPDATED: 08:36, March 01, 2006
Test result clears Kenyan fear over bird flu outbreak
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Kenyan medical authorities confirmed Tuesday that initial tests on 48 samples obtained from dead wild and domestic birds a few days ago turned out to be negative, clearing the public of the fear that the disease may have spread to the east African country.

"We now announce the results carried out so far as negative for avian influenza. Additional tests are ongoing to determine what caused the deaths," Director of Veterinary Services Joseph Musaa and Director of Medical Services James Nyikal said in a statement.

The examined dead birds were found dumped in Nairobi and a separate group of dead wild birds found in a Nairobi slum Sunday.

Investigations are still going on to find out where the birds came from, they said.

So far tests have been done on 48 suspected bird flu cases reported across the country and all of them have proved negative.

Additional tests will be done to determine what caused the death of the birds and the ministry of livestock and fisheries development and health are fully prepared to handle the avian flu outbreak either in birds or humans, they said.

Source: Xinhua


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