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An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza has just broken out in Hunan province, China

While dealing with a new outbreak of acute respiratory infections caused by the new corona virus, China has reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Hunan province.

Reuter cited a source from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, saying that bird flu had broken out on a farm in Shaoyang city. The farm has a total of 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which died from infection with the H5N1 virus.

In response to this new disease, the city government culled 17,828 poultry in the epidemic area. It is not clear if this H5N1 pandemic has promptly infected humans.

H5N1 bird flu was reported to be spread from poultry to humans in 1997. The first case was detected in Hong Kong. Since 2003, human H5N1 influenza outbreaks in China, then spread to Vietnam and 14 other countries around the world.

Since then, the world has recorded 861 human cases of H5N1 virus, 455 of which have died.

Refer Reuter, WHO

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