The World Organisation for Animal Health issued an alert on a reported outbreak of bird flu in a village in Tibet Monday.
The Paris-based organisation cited a notification from China’s Ministry of Agriculture while confirming the deadly outbreak.
Chinese authorities found highly pathogenic avian influenza in birds in the village of Sangda near Tibet’s ancient capital city of Lhasa, according to the organisation. The current outbreak of bird flu has killed 290 birds and another 1,575 fowls were culled, according to the notice.
Repeated outbreaks of bird flu in Tibet have been reported over the years. In 2008, an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, which could be fatal to human beings, was reported around the same area. Over 8000 fowls were subsequently culled. In 2009, after authorities found strains of the H5N1 virus in poultry sold at a wholesale market in Lhasa, over 1600 birds were destroyed.
According to statistics released by the World Health Organisation in 2009, China has reported 25 deaths since the disease re-emerged in 2003 in China.