Northeast China province reports outbreak of bird flu virus in poultry farm – BBCMON
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News
Beijing, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has
reported an outbreak of the H5N6 bird flu virus in poultry, the Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday [1 September].
Over 20,000 geese at a farm in Harbin, the provincial capital, showed symptoms
of avian flu and almost 18,000 died last month, according to the MOA.
The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory on Monday confirmed the
epidemic was H5N6.
The infected area has been sealed off and sterilized with almost 69,000 poultry
culled and safely disposed, the MOA said.
Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a contagious disease of animal origin caused by
viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. It can be
fatal to humans.