The H5N1 bird flu virus was confirmed on Wednesday evening in chickens found dead last week ina village near Tirana, local media has reported. This is the second outbreak of the deadly virus strain in Albania in the month.
“Final test results from Weybridge Lab in London showed on Wednesday that the dead chickens found last Friday in the village of Peze-Helmes contain the H5N1 strain of the virus,” Albania’s official news agency ATA quoted Jemin Gjana, the agriculture minister, as saying.
The dead chickens were found in the village of Peze-Helmes on March 17, 14 kilometers west of Tirana, the capital city of Albania.
It is reported that dead birds have also been found in Berat in the southern part of the
Albania confirmed its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu ina chicken found in the southern Saranda region on March 8.