Third bird flu case reported in Pak
Health authorities on Saturday confirmed a third case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Pakistan.
New Delhi: Health authorities on Saturday confirmed a third case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Pakistan, after samples from dead chickens tested positive.
The new case has been reported from a home in Islamabad and is the third in the last one year. The first two cases were reported from homes in Rawalpindi and the northwest town of Mansehra respectively.
No cases of the strain being found in human beings has been discovered so far.
"Samples from a few birds which died at a house in Islamabad on Feb. 4 tested positive for H5N1," Mohammad Afzal, Livestock Commissioner at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture was quoted by news agency Reuters as saying.
He added that an effective monitoring system has been evolved to check any report of bird flu in the country.
People who keep birds as pets have been advised to get them vaccinated against the deadly flu.
The virus hit Pakistan's poultry industry last year and authorities slaughtered thousands of birds.
(With inputs from agencies)