Saturday, July 01, 2006

H5N1 bird flu virus found in birds in China’s northwest

China has found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in birds in the northwestern region of Ningxia, the Agriculture Ministry said, suggesting a fresh outbreak.

The National Bird Flu Reference Laboratory identified the virus on Thursday in samples taken from the town of Xuanhe in Ningxia’s Zhongwei city, the ministry said late on Friday on its Web site (http://www.agri.gov.cn).

Measures had been taken to prevent the outbreak from spreading, it said. The announcement did not say whether the avian influenza virus had been found in domestic or wild birds, or how many birds had died.

The northern province of Shanxi reported an outbreak of bird flu in poultry last month, which led to the culling of about 1.5 million birds.

Avian influenza story link

Posted by john T. on 07/01 at 02:58 AM
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