Two poultry farms in northern Iraq were hit by the N9 strain of avian influenza. 50,000 chicks were destroyed.

“More than 50,000 chicks were destroyed at two poultries in Sumail town (in Dahuk) because of the H9 strain of bird flu,” he said. Though it does not pose a significant health threat to humans, as does the H5N1 strain, Omer urged poultry farmers and the general population to take precautions to contain any outbreak.

H9 is not known to be harmful to humans.

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