Northeast China province reports outbreak of bird flu virus in poultry 9/02/2014

Northeast China province reports outbreak of bird flu virus in poultry farm – BBCMON

 

02-Sep-2014 01:52

 

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News

Agency)

 

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.

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