Chicken in cages. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon faces a deadly outbreak of H5N1 bird flu virus after a number of cases led to the destruction of tens of thousands of chickens Thursday, although the Agriculture Ministry insists plans are in place to prevent full-fledged epidemic.The outbreak was noted after a number of birds died at several farms in the area.There are, as yet, no recorded human infections from the virus, but Ammar explained that they were anticipating some cases."The influenza is dangerous and its infection can lead to death, but the level of danger to humans is still limited to the people who work with birds," added Bizri, a former mayor of Sidon.He noted that there remains a need to find the origin of the outbreak and find out how the infected birds entered the country. Among the symptoms that people who may have been exposed to infected birds should look out for are a fever that exceeds 38 degrees Celsius, coughing, sore throat, respiratory difficulties, diarrhea and stomach pain.
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