H5N1 virus

China reports outbreak of highly contagious H5N1 bird flu at chicken farm

The Chinese agriculture ministry notifies a global animal health agency that the virus killed 1,050 chickens

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2018, 4:05am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2018, 4:15am

China has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a farm in Qinghai province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said on Tuesday, citing an account from the Chinese agriculture ministry.

The virus killed 1,050 broiler chickens out of a flock of 1,615 at a farm in the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan autonomous prefecture, according to the report.

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The remaining ones were killed and disposed of, the ministry said.

China had reported outbreaks of H5N6 and H7N9 bird flu viruses in March.