Avian flu outbreaks – Asia update

The various strains of avian flu continue to spread across Asia.

In China the sale of live poultry has been halted in Suzhou in Jiangsu Province following reports of human H7N9 cases. In Xinjiang Region a large poultry outbreak involving the H5N6 strain has led to the culling of more than 55,000 chickens and other poultry.

Japan has reported its seventh outbreak at a poultry farm in Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan has been battling H5N6 in wild birds and poultry flocks.

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Germany detects H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm in Brandenburg

Germany has reported its first case of the contagious avian flu strain H5N1 on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg.

The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled.

The H5N1 strain is regarded as highly pathogenic, but less dangerous than the even more contagious H5N8 strain found in several European countries in the past few weeks.

FULL STORY : www.reuters.com/article/us-health-birdflu-germany-idUSKBN13R237

DATE : 2 December 2016

SOURCE : Reuters