After only a brief absence from Iraq, two chicken flocks near Baghdad have been infected with avian flu. After an absence of five months, highly pathogenic avian influenza has returned to Iraq.

As of mid-May, the World Organization for Animal Health reported that 24,000 chickens had died at a farm in the Wasit area (WOAH; previously OIE).

Early in June, a second outbreak was discovered in a Baghdad bird flock of 31,000 birds. A total of 14,200 birds were wiped out.

Two Iraqi areas have been hit, according to WOAH. The fate of the remaining birds at each location is unknown.

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