Jordan detects first case of bird flu
The H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has been confirmed in a Jordanian poultry farm located at Ajloun governorate, Health Minister Saeed Darwazeh stated on Friday.
"Laboratory tests conducted on a sample of dead poultry at the village of Kofranjeh in the Ajloun governorate have proved the poultry is inflected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu," Darwazeh was quoted as saying by the Arabic daily Alghad.
According to him, ministry teams had been assigned the job of "destroying all infected poultry as a first step" and that measures will be taken "isolating the disease and preventing its spread to other areas."
The farm in the Ajloun area is about 40 kilometres north of the capital Amman.