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New bird flu outbreak in China reined in
(AFP/China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-26 05:41

Bird flu outbreak in Anhui reined in

A new outbreak of bird flu has been brought under control in East China's Anhui Province, the Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday.

In the second case of the fatal avian influenza confirmed within a week in the country, 550 chicken and geese at farms in Liangying Village, Tianchang, died. The virus killed 2,600 fowls in northern Inner Mongolia last week.

"The epidemic has been stamped out, and no new outbreak spots have been found," the ministry said in a statement. "Anhui implemented a chain of emergency control measures."

The ministry did not specify the source of the outbreak.

Wei Jianzhong, vice-director of the Animal Husbandry and Aquaculture Institute of the Anhui Agricultural University, said he believed contact with migratory birds and wild waterfowl was a probable cause.

In the outbreak, first detected last Tuesday, 2,100 fowls fell ill and about a quarter died.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed the case as the deadly H5 subtype avian influenza virus, according to Jia Youling, director of the ministry's Veterinary Bureau.

The report has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, and to Hong Kong and Macao authorities, Jia said.

Like in previous outbreaks, the ministry sent a team to Anhui to help local authorities with control and prevention efforts.

Following China's animal epidemic prevention statutes, local authorities culled nearly 45,000 birds within a 3-kilometre radius of the outbreak site.
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