China confirms bird flu outbreak at poultry farms in central province


China confirms bird flu outbreak at poultry farms in central State

Released at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:58:12 +0000
The bird flu outbreak of the virus’ H5N6 strain, killed 9,752 birds on farms that were quail in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the ministry said in August.

China’s last major bird flu outbreak in 2013 cost the farm sector more than $ 6 billion in losses and killed 36 people.

The H5N6 strain of virus, caused a city of about 500,000 people in the province of Anhui, the outbreak in Hexian, and has been brought under control, the ministry said on its site.Japan and South Korea and major outbreaks battled .
Poultry markets were shut down in many provinces following the human infections.

30,196 fowl was culled by the authorities following the outbreak, which infected 28,650 broiler chickens and killed 15,066 of the birds, it included.
The strain of this virus has caused at least 281 deaths since October with two instances of human infection last month, in China, police said last week.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

Flocks are particularly vulnerable to avian flu following which outbreaks die down, during the drier winter months.