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First Human Case of Bird Flu Reported in Bangladesh


The first human case of bird flu has been reported in Bangladesh.

Officials with the country's health ministry on Thursday said a child has been diagnosed with the deadly virus. The child has received treatment, and officials say his condition has improved.

Bird flu was first detected in Bangladesh in 2007. In recent months, authorities have slaughtered more than a million chickens, after the virus was found in at least 47 of the country's 64 districts.

Bangladesh's poultry industry is one of the world's largest. The bird flu outbreak has led to the closure of more than 40 percent of the nation's poultry farms, leaving more than half a million people unemployed.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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