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SHOTLIST Charsadda, near Peshawar - 27 February 2006 1. Wide shot of poultry farm, health worker catching infected chickens 2. Close-up of worker putting chickens in plastic bag 3. Close-up of health workers wearing mask killing chicken with gas 4. Close-up of dead chicken 5. Various of health worker taking blood sample 6. Close-up of workers killing chickens with gas 7. Group of health worker looking inside the poultry farm 8. SOUNDBITE: (Urdu) Fazal Malik, President North Western Frontier Province Poultry farms: " We have not seen bird flu virus before so how can we explain the symptoms to the people? We don't even know the signs of bird flu and with the grace of God we haven't met with such case in Pakistan." Islamabad - 28 February 2006 9. Exterior of National Agriculture Research Laboratory 10. Workers wearing protective masks 11. Close-up of laboratory signboard 12. Various of scientist testing bird flu virus in laboratory 13. Sign of warning on the wall alerting of dangerous microbes 13. Wide shot of poultry farm STORYLINE Thousands of chickens were culled in northwestern Pakistan after poultry at two farms tested positive for the H5 strain of bird flu, an official said on Tuesday. Further tests were needed to determine if any of the fifteen thousand chickens carried the deadly N1 strain. One farm was in Charsadda, near Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, and the other was in the hill resort city of Abbottabad. The chickens in Charsadda were asphyxiated with carbon dioxide in plastic bags and then buried, a senior agriculture ministry official said. Fazal Malik, President, North Western Frontier Province Poultry farms, said they had not seen bird flu before which made it difficult to explain its symptoms to the public. In Islamabad testing was underway to confirm whether the deadly H5N1 strain was present. Pakistan hasn't reported a case of H5N1 in the past two years but in 2003, between three and four (m) million chickens were killed after an outbreak of the H7N3 strain of bird flu was detected. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed at least 91 people since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation. Almost all the human deaths have been linked to contact with infected poultry, but experts fear the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people, possibly sparking a pandemic. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/880deccdeb5ef78c52916ff20e9c140f Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork