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PARIS (Reuters) - Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in Diyala in the centre of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.

The virus was found on Dec. 27 at a farm of 43,000 birds and killed 7,250 of them, the OIE said in a report posted on its website, citing the Iraqi ministry of agriculture.

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide and Valerie Parent, editing by David Evans)

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