China Culls over 120,000 Chickens After H5N2 Outbreak Kills 4,00012-23 00:00 财经网
China disposed 125,7000 chickens after the mainland's first H5N2 bird flu outbreak killed 4,000 chickens in north China’s Hebei Province last week, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
11 people which had direct contact with the chickens were separated and under close inspections and areas within 3km of a farm were sealed off following the outbreak in the farm in Baoding, a city of Hebei, local authorities said.
This is the first H5N2 bird flu case China mainland has reported, according to Cai Xuepeng, director of The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which described the flu as "a milder form than the deadly H5N1".
Effect of the flu on human remains unclear, Cai said, adding it is highly pathogenic among poultry.
Bird flu is seemingly making a come-back this winter months after an outbreak of H7N9 killed 45 and sickened 139 people in China earlier this year.
Guangdong recently had reported six cases of H7N9 infection while a 73-year-old woman in Jiangxi Province was killed by H10N8 bird flu on December, 6th.
HK also confirmed its first H7N9 case last month after a 36-year-old Indonesian maid made a one-day tour in south China's Shenzhen and had direct contact with chickens before symptoms like fever begun showing up.
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