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H5N1 Bird Flu Reported in Northwest China

7 June 2012, at 12:44am

CHINA - China's northwestern Gansu province has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has announced.

More than 6,200 chickens at a farm in a village in Luyang, a town in Jingtai county, showed symptoms of suspected avian flu on 1 June, and 260 of them have died, according to the MOA, reports an official source.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory on 5 June confirmed the epidemic was H5N1 bird flu after testing samples collected at the farm, the MOA said.

Local authorities have sealed off and sterilised the infected area, where a total of 18,460 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of in order to prevent the disease from spreading since the case was confirmed, according to the MOA.

A team was dispatched by the ministry to the quarantined area to guide epidemic prevention and monitoring.

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