China reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak

19-04-2012 | |
China reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak

An outbreak of the highly epidemic H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry has been reported in China’s Northwestern Ningxia Hui autonomous region, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced.

A total of 95,000 chickens have been culled after the H5N1 bird flu case was confirmed.

A quarantine team is now in a village of Touying town in the city of Guyuan in Ningxia Hui autonomous region to guide poultry farmers on how to prevent another epidemic, according to the ministry.

The outbreak was discovered as 23,000 chickens at several farms in the village exhibited symptoms of the avian influenza. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory then tested the chickens and confirmed the outbreak.

This year, two people have already died from H5N1 infection, health authorities said. One fatality was a man from the southwestern Guizhou province. He died in January. China is particularly vulnerable to birdflu outbreaks as it has the largest poultry population in the world and the proximity of the birds to humans.

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