Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Avian Flu outbreak in China


The Chinese National Avian Influenza Research Lab confirmed two days ago an outbreak of avian flu in Qinghai province China among migratory birds. The county is a major stopping point for migratory birds. So far, 121 birds have been found dead and tested positive for H5N1. The county is removing poultry from the area, disinfecting farms, disinfecting vehicles, and banning outsiders. Bird flu education among the residents is being implemented. So far, no bird flu symptoms have been observed among poultry.

I'm quite impressed that the Chinese were able to mobilize such a rapid response to this outbreak, having learned their lesson from previous infectious outbreaks. I wonder if there are any effects of this outbreak on the farming economy of the county.


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