Second bird flu death in Hong Kong this winter

Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection has confirmed the death of a 62 year old man from avian flu.

The man had been traveling from mainland China. He was the second person to die of avian influenza in Hong Kong this winter. The first patient died on Christmas Day.

The man, who visited the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in mid-December and was hospitalised in the neighboring city of Dongguan earlier in the week, died from H7N9.

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Another MERS death in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced five new MERS-CoV cases, one of them fatal.

Over the past two days there have been five new reported cases of MERS infections. One of these people, an 88 year old Saudi woman from Buraydah, has subsequently died.

The other cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) included two males in their 50s in the capital city Riyadh and two elderly females from Buraydah in the north central part of the country.

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UK Avian Flu Prevention Zone extended until 28 February

The UK Chief Veterinary Officer has extended a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from avian flu.

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February 2017 to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu. The Protection Zone was originally to run until 6 January.

The Prevention Zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

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New avian flu outbreak in south Wales

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed Avian Influenza H5N8 in a back yard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises near Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

Prior to confirmation it was decided to cull the birds on strong suspicion of disease.

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading and as part of the wider surveillance and disease control measures.

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