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New virus in China: Thousands of chickens wiped out after second disease outbreak

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 3, 2020
At least 4,500 chickens have been killed during an outbreak of bird flu on a farm in Shaoyang.

  • This strain of H5N1 avian influenza can spread to humans

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At least 4,500 chickens have been killed by a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 avian influenza which can spread to humans at a farm in Shaoyang in the southern province of Hunan.

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The authorities have culled and disposed of 17,828 chickens following the outbreak, which was confirmed by Beijing's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Saturday.

The farm where the outbreak occurred had 7,850 chickens, said officials, who have sealed off and sterilised the affected area.