Malaysia reports an outbreak of a highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus 

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Malaysia has reported an outbreak of a highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus in the northern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Malaysian agriculture ministry.

The strain was confirmed among chickens at a backyard farm in Kelantan, according to the report posted by the Paris-based OIE. All 26 birds were killed or destroyed, the ministry said, reports Reuters.

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The H5N1 strain has been detected in Cambodia in recent weeks. It is different to the H7N9 virus that has caused the death of more than 110 people in China.

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