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Bird flu detected in Japan identified as H5N1

Updated: January 16, 2007, 11:43 AM ET
Associated Press — Jan. 16, 2007

TOKYO — Tests have confirmed that bird flu detected in chickens in southern Japan was the virulent H5N1 strain that has been blamed for more than 160 human deaths worldwide, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry said Tuesday.

About 4,000 chickens died last week at a farm in Kiyotake town in Miyazaki state. Earlier test results Saturday only confirmed the bird flu strain was an H5 virus but not which one.

On Tuesday, further tests by the National Institute of Animal Health ...

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