September 24, 2012
Outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza, better known as bird flu, have occurred across China this year.
Information on bird flu’s spread in China was made public in January
in a Hong Kong health report to the World Health Organization (WHO),
saying that China was one of the 15 affected countries in the world with
18 provinces and cities experiencing H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks.
Now, the Guangdong Province Department of Agriculture has also admitted
that there is an outbreak.
A 2-year-old boy from Hong Kong contracted bird flu in early June
as confirmed by the Department of Health in Hong Kong. A duck sample
from Jiangnan Market in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong
Province, where the boy had visited in mid-May, was tested positive for
the H5N1 virus. Samples from another market in the same district also
tested positive, according to the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention in Guangdong Province.