New bird flu outbreak in China
A new outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu has reportedly been
discovered among poultry in China.
An area near Zhongwei, a city in the Ningxia region, is where the latest
signs of H5N1 have emerged, according to a report by the government's Xinhua
There was no mention of how many or what type of birds
The Agriculture Ministry dispatched experts to control
any possible outbreak in the area, while local authorities were disinfecting
vehicles and people travelling in and out, according to Xinhua.
news surfaces as experts are re-examining whether a Chinese man may have died of
influenza in 2003 - two years before any human cases were reported in the
country. The man's death was originally attributed to SARS.
reported more than 30 bird flu outbreaks in poultry since October. The country
reported its first human cases of bird flu in 2005, and there have been 12 human
fatalities in China from the disease since then.
SARS, which has very
similar symptoms to bird flu, eventually killed 774 people worldwide.
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