Avian Flu Kills 2,600 Birds In
Renewed China Outbreak
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
BEIJING (UPI) -- A new outbreak of bird flu was reported in China Wednesday, where 2,600 poultry died at a farm in Inner Mongolia of the H5N1 virus.
The state-controlled Xinhua news agency said the latest outbreak in Tengjiaying village was now under control with culling, and no human infections were reported.
This year, China has reported other outbreaks in Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Tibet, resulting in the cull of thousands of affected fowl.
Since appearing in southern Asia in 2003, at least half of the 120 people infected have died. There is no confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission, but international health authorities are concerned the virus could merge with a strain of human flu and become a global pandemic.
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Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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