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UPDATED: 09:11, March 30, 2007
Kuwait to cull 1.1 mln chickens to control bird flu
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Kuwaiti authorities has decided to cull 1.1 million chickens in the coming few days to control the outbreak of bird flu, local Arabic daily al-Siyyasah said on Thursday.

The chickens to be culled will mainly come from farms owned by three major companies in Wafra, 120 km south of Kuwait City, Jassem al-Bader, the head of an agriculture authority, was quoted by the daily as saying.

Since the emirate detected the first fowl infected H5N1 virus on later February, the total bird flu cases have amounted to 57 and most of which was in Wafra.

To contain the epidemic, Kuwait has issued a ban on import and export of birds, and temporarily closed down the live poultry markets and the only zoo.

On November 2005, Kuwait announced the first case of bird flu after detecting a flamingo infected the deadly H5N1 virus at a seaside villa.

Kuwait has so far remained free of human bird flu cases.

Source: Xinhua

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