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Flu virus found in crow samples from Khost



Flu virus found in crow samples from Khost

Jan 14, 2018 - 15:44

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A research team from Kabulinfo-icon has found flu virus in crow carcasses found in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Sunday.

For the past few weeks, crows were found dead in different parts of Khost, raising concerns about a possible epidemic outbreak among local residents.

The team from the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) dispatched samples taken from the birds to the animal diseases laboratory in Kabul and the tests showed the crows had died of influenza.

Jahangir Miakhel, the team leader, told Pajhwok Afghan News the influenza had been confirmed in the birds, but it was not known yet if the virus could infect other animals and humans.

He said researches were underway for further information, but serious heed should be paid in internally chicken meat from Khost.

Dr. Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, deputy head of the provincial healthinfo-icon department, said there had been no sign of the disease in humans yet. However, he asked people to be careful while interacting with birds.

Mangal added the dead crows had been collected by health workers and some were buried in a deep place and others burnt.

Samiullah Nasrat, the provincial agriculture and livestock director, said urged the Public Health Ministry to send equipment used for detecting the virus from Kabul to Khost.


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