New bird flu outbreak in China reined in
Updated: 2005-10-26 05:41
China was struck by another outbreak of bird flu and a fourth person died
from the virus in Indonesia amid warnings that the lethal disease could cost the
Asia region up to 290 billion dollars.
disinfect vehicles coming out of Bayan township near Hohhot in the Inner
Mongolia Autonomous Region October 24, 2005, following the deaths of 2,600
birds from H5N1 bird flu strain in a farm there last week. [China
At the same time, Vietnam said it had contained its first outbreak this
season, detected earlier this month in a flock of 600 ducks in southern Dong
In China's Anhui province, 2,100 geese and chickens were infected with the
deadly H5N1 strain of the virus that has killed at least 60 people in Asia since
late 2003, two-thirds of them in Vietnam.
The outbreak was detected on October 20 in Liangying village and so far 550
birds have died, according to a Ministry of Agriculture report to the World
Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Another 44,736 birds have been culled, as China strengthened monitoring
around the country, winning praise from the UN Food and Agriculture
"They report the outbreaks swiftly and the cooperation is very smooth,
especially in information sharing," FAO China representative Noureddin Mona told
In Indonesia, a fourth person died from the virus, the World Health
Organisation (WHO) and the health ministry announced.
"We now have seven cases of bird flu, including four fatalities," health
ministry official Renuizar Rusin said.
Another ministry official Hariyadi Wibisono said the casualty was a
23-year-old man who died on September 30 in Bogor, south of Jakarta. Test
results received Monday confirmed he had bird flu.
WHO Indonesia director Georg Petersen said the victim had a history of
contact with birds.
"As far as we know this H5N1 is circulating in birds in Indonesia. As long as
that happens we expect there will be occasional infections in humans. It doesn't
mean the situation has changed," Petersen told AFP.