China now has to fight coronavirus AND bird flu: ‘Highly pathogenic’ avian influenza hits two Chinese provinces near Hubei
Some 1,840 fowl were killed by the H5N6 virus in Sichuan, China said yesterday, 4,500 chickens had died of the H5N1 bug in Hunan, officials reported on Feb. 1
Four cases of bird flu outbreaks were also recorded in Xinjiang in January alone. The news comes as Beijing drains all its medical resources to fight coronavirus
The disease has killed at least 910 people and infected over 40,640 globally.
Highly pathogenic’ bird flu has broken out in two Chinese provinces near Hubei since the beginning of the month as Beijing struggles to contain the novel Coronavirus currently ravaging the country.
Nearly 2,000 fowl were killed by the H5N6 strain of avian influenza on a poultry farm in Sichuan Province, Chinese agricultural authority announced yesterday. Just eight days earlier, 4,500 chickens were reported to have died of the H5N1 virus in the province of Human.
Four outbreaks of H5N6 bird flu were also reported in western China’s Xinjiang in January alone.