Pathogenic bird flu reported in central, northwest China
Updated: 2005-11-18 01:12
Highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks have been found in villages near Xiaogan
of central China's Hubei Province and Hetian of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region, Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
Citing the Ministry of Agriculture, the report said that 662 fowls raised by
farmers in Jinggang village and Tianjing village near Xiaogan City died from
Nov. 5 to 11. On Nov. 10, 32 fowls died in a slaughterhouse and a village around
Hetian City, it said.
On Wednesday, China's national bird flu lab diagnosed that both cases were
caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of virus, the report said.
The ministry quickly sent expert panels to the two regions and enhanced
blockage, slaughtering and disposal, the report said.
Before these two cases, bird flu epidemic had been found in another two
counties of Urumqi and Zepu in Xinjiang, and in Hubei's Jingshan County, but no
human infections have been reported there, the report said.