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China reports 4th bird flu outbreak in poultry, says it has been effectively contained

China reports 4th bird flu outbreak in poultry, says it has been effectively contained

China confirmed its fourth outbreak of bird flu among poultry this year but said it had been effectively contained.
Nearly 4,000 poultry were killed by the H5N1 virus in southwestern China's Guizhou province, the Ministry of Agriculture said on its Web site Monday. Another 240,000 were culled to contain the outbreak.
China, which raises more poultry than any other country in the world, has vowed to aggressively fight H5N1, which has killed 232 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Bird flu remains hard for people to catch, but health experts worry the virus could mutate into a form that passes easily among humans, sparking a pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to contact with infected birds.
China has already reported two human deaths from H5N1 this year. Since 2003 when the virus began ravaging poultry stocks in Asia, the country has had 19 human deaths from bird flu, the WHO says.
Three outbreaks of bird flu in poultry were reported in China in 2008, two in the far western region of Tibet and another in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.


Updated : 2021-08-05 03:21 GMT+08:00