China confirms new AI outbreak in poultry
China has confirmed its first bird flu outbreak in domestic poultry
since February, in the western region of Xinjiang.
China's national bird flu laboratory confirmed the presence of H5N1 in dead
birds on Wednesday. The Ministry of Agriculture did not specify the number of
Although a series of bird flu cases have been
reported in China among wild birds in recent months, the last official report of
an H5N1 outbreak among poultry was in February in the eastern province of
The Agriculture Ministry has sent experts to control the
outbreak, with officials inspecting and disinfecting people and vehicles passing
in and out of the affected area.
China has reported about 40
outbreaks of bird flu in birds across a dozen provinces over the past year.
Twelve people are known to have died from the virus and six have
In late May, China said that bird flu killed about 400 wild
birds in the remote western Qinghai province and in Tibet.
a leading Chinese bird flu specialist said the government should review the
effectiveness of measures to control bird flu and intensify efforts to wipe out
the disease among birds.
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has
killed 128 people since it began spreading in Asia in late 2003. It also is
being blamed for the death or slaughter of some 200 million
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