India reports highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in Karnataka

PARIS (REUTERS) - India has reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus near Bangalore in the southern state of Karnataka, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday (Jan 15), citing a report from the Indian agriculture ministry.

The H5N8 virus was detected on Dec 26 among birds in the village of Dasarahalli, killing 9 out of 951 birds. The others were culled, the Paris-based OIE said in a report posted on its website.

No details were given on the type of birds involved.