PA: Bird flu under control in Gaza

April 16, 2006 13:33

Palestinian health workers have contained an outbreak of bird flu in the Gaza Strip after culling more than 360,000 birds exposed to the illness, Gaza Governor Mohammed al-Kidwa said Sunday. The flu was detected in Gaza near the border with Israel on March 22 and later spread to five farming locations. UN officials have warned that the virus will deal a severe blow to Gaza's already shaky economy. Poultry is a primary source of protein for Palestinians living there, and the livelihoods of thousands of farmers depend on the birds.

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