India has discovered two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said yesterday. The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February, the OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Indian ministry of agriculture. The report said the animals died of an H5 strain of the flu virus but did not specify the exact variant

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