China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of
H5N6 bird flu
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[September 02, 2014]
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nearly 18,000
geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by
the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry said.
As many as 20,550 geese on the farm in Harbin, the capital of
Heilongjiang province, showed symptoms of avian flu and 17,790 birds
died, the ministry said on its website on Monday.
The ministry sealed off and sterilized the infected area, besides
culling and safely disposing of almost 69,000 geese, it added.
The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed that the
geese had the H5N6 virus.
In May, a 49-year-old man in China's Sichuan province died of the
H5N6 bird flu virus, which domestic media described as the world's
first known human infection with the strain.
(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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