Bahamas official: Bird flu did not kill birds on Inagua

Bird flu has been ruled out in the unexplained deaths of five birds on Inagua in the Bahamas' Out Islands, according to officers from the Bahamas' Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

According to the report, the small number of deaths "reduces the likelihood of an outbreak of avian influenza H5N1.

Veterinary experts also said that the island's large flock of flamingoes and other birds would have died had the deadly flu strain been present.

"The birds involved in the incident appear to have been dead for several days, and there have been no new incidents reported on Inagua," said a senior veterinarian official from the ministry.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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