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Dead fowl found in NW China's Xinjiang test positive for H5N1 virus

2009-02-10 13:45:28 GMT2009-02-10 21:45:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chickens are displayed at an outdoor market in the city of Kaili, southwest China's Guizhou province in January 2009. China's Ministry of Agriculture announced Tuesday that dead fowl found in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were confirmed as H5N1 positive in tests by the national laboratory. [Agencies]

BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Agriculture announced Tuesday that dead fowl found in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were confirmed as H5N1 positive in tests by the national laboratory.

The ministry said 519 fowl died of bird flu in Hetian, a southern prefecture famous for quality jade.

The ministry and the regional government had taken emergency measures to deal with the epidemic, killing altogether 13,218 fowl.

The epidemic had been brought under control, said the ministry.

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