China now has to fight coronavirus AND bird flu: ‘Highly pathogenic’ avian influenza hits two Chinese provinces near Hubei

Monday, February 10, 2020
By Paul Martin

Some 1,840 fowl were killed by the H5N6 virus in Sichuan, China said yesterday
4,500 chickens had died of the H5N1 bug in Hunan, officials reported on Feb. 1
Four cases of bird flu outbreaks were also recorded in Xinjiang in January alone
The news comes as Beijing drains all its medical resources to fight coronavirus
The disease has killed at least 910 people and infected over 40,640 globally

By TRACY YOU
DAILYMAIL.COM
10 February 2020

‘Highly pathogenic’ bird flu has broken out in two Chinese provinces near Hubei since the beginning of the month as Beijing struggles to contain the novel coronavirus currently ravaging the country.

Nearly 2,000 fowl were killed by the H5N6 strain of avian influenza on a poultry farm in Sichuan Province, Chinese agricultural authority announced yesterday.

Just eight days earlier, 4,500 chickens were reported to have died of H5N1 virus in the province of Hunan.

Four outbreaks of H5N6 bird flu were also reported in western China’s Xinjiang in January alone.

The latest outbreak in Sichuan took place at a county called Xichong in Nanchong City, which is about 12 hours from Wuhan by car.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported that 1,840 out of the 2,497 domesticated birds on the farm were killed by the infectious viral illness.

Local authorities culled 2,261 birds as a result and safely disposed their carcasses – as well as those of the birds killed by the influenza – according to the notice.

The Ministry did not specify on which day the outbreak happened.

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