- "Veterinary authorities in Erbil have confirmed
the first case of avian flu in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the border with Turkey.
The head of the Erbil veterinary laboratory, Ilham Butros, told journalists
that preliminary positive analysis done locally on suspect birds had been
confirmed by a dedicated bird-flu testing lab in Egypt."
- The above description appears to indicate H5N1 has arrived
in the Middle East near Irbil. There have been many reports of dead birds,
including an OIE report on over 3600 dead wild birds in northern Iran (see
map), suggesting the presence of H5N1, but this is the first bird flu confirmation
which would appear to be H5N1 wild bird flu.
- An OIE report with more specifics on testing and sero-type
would be useful.
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