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New bird flu outbreaks found in China, Kuwait

November 11, 2005

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— China reported two new bird flu outbreaks in poultry and quarantined 116 people on Thursday, the same day Kuwait announced two cases of the disease were discovered there.

Chinese authorities quarantined 116 people after the latest outbreaks Sunday of the deadly H5N1 strain. The virus killed 1,100 chickens in Fuxin and Jinzhou, cities in northeastern Liaoning province, the Agriculture Ministry said.

A case there two weeks ago prompted officials to destroy more than 6 million birds.

No human case has been reported, but experts say it's inevitable if China can't stop outbreaks in poultry.

The World Health Organization said it was sending experts to southern China to help investigate whether bird flu killed a 12-year-old girl last month.

In Kuwait, a senior official said the country had found two cases of bird flu. The first case was an imported bird found at the Kuwait City airport, while the second was a migrating wild fowl found on a beach, said Sheik Fahd Salem Al-Ali Al Sabah, the chairman of Kuwait's Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries.

Dr. Mohammed al-Mihana, of the Public Authority, said tests indicated the strain was H5, but it was not determined whether it was N1 or N2. The H5N2 strain is believed to cause little illness.

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