Monday, September 24, 2012

Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported Around China

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.


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