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China Culls 377,000 poultry in East China After Finding Bird Flu

Posted by Author on December 18, 2008

By Lee Spears, The Bloomberg, Dec. 16, 2008 –

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — China culled 377,000 poultry in eastern Jiangsu province after finding the H5N1 strain of the avian-flu virus in chickens in the area, the Ministry of Agriculture said on its Web site.

The virus was found in poultry being raised in Dongtai city and Hai’an County, both in Jiangsu, the ministry said. There was no outbreak of the virus in the region, the statement said.

The areas where the poultry were raised have been disinfected, other poultry have been placed under quarantine, and transport of all poultry from the two areas has been halted, the statement said. Experts have been dispatched to the affected areas to survey the situation, it said.

Contact with migratory birds carrying the virus is one possible cause of infection in the poultry, the statement said. The announcement comes after dead chickens in Hong Kong last week tested positive for the H5N1 strain, and India culled more than 250,000 birds in its northeast to contain an outbreak.

At least 387 people in 15 countries have been infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian-flu virus since 2003, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization. Almost two of every three cases were fatal. China has had 30 bird-flu cases in humans and 20 deaths since December 2003, according to WHO.

THE Bloomberg

One Response to “China Culls 377,000 poultry in East China After Finding Bird Flu”

  1. Today we must be careful with our environment because we can get many type of sick.

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