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Avian influenza
FAO warns of new strain of avian influenza virus

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THE Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that a recently emerged strain of avian influenza virus is posing a new threat to animal health and livelihoods in south-east Asia.

The influenza A (H5N6) virus was first reported in poultry by the authorities in China in April this year. It has since been detected in poultry in the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Vietnam.

Juan Lubroth, the FAO's chief veterinary officer, said on September 17 that, while …

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