H5N1 Bird Flu hits China along with deadly Coronavirus; 18,000 hens culled in Hunan province  

Beijing: China, which is unable to contain the pandemic of the unknown strain of Coronavirus, has now been hit by Bird Flu. Reportedly, a whopping 4,500 chickens died in the Bird Flu outbreak in a poultry farm in one of the Chinese provinces. After the incident, the Chinese government carried out the culling of nearly 18,000 chickens on the farms in the region.  

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The Bird Flu outbreak occurred in China’s Southeastern province of Hunan. Last week, 4,500 chickens died due to the avian flu outbreak at a farm in the Shaoyang city in the area. The poultry farm had nearly 8000 chickens on it, the Chinese state-run department informed. The Chinese agencies then undertook culling of the rest of the chickens on the farm along with 18,000 chickens from nearby farms, sources state.  

Shaoyang city is located nearly 300 miles away from the Wuhan city, the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak. As Hunan has reported many cases of Coronavirus, the H5N1 flu has only added to the stress on the local administration. Although the H5N1 avian flu is predominantly found in animals, over the last two decades, cases of the disease even transmitting to humans were reported.  

The first case of the bird flu infection spreading to humans was recorded in Hong Kong in 1997. After that, the avian flu outbreak occurred at least ten times, and more than 800 people had contracted the infection. Among those infected, 365 died while most of the cases were detected in China and its nearby countries.  

Avian influenza or bird flu outbreak in 2013 was the most significant viral infection in China’s history. The disease had spread to nearly 60 countries of the world. A United Nations (UN) report revealed the H5N1 bird flu had caused $6.5 billion losses to the global economy. 

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