China’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday [11 January 2017] that a bird flu outbreak, the country’s fifth since last October, hit a goose farm in southern Hunan province, killing 1,054 birds. The outbreak in Yuanjiang, a city of more than 700,000 people, was confirmed as a case of the H5N6 strain of the virus, the ministry said in a statement on its website…Full Article: South China Morning Post Jan 2017

Key Points

  • As a result of the H5N6 outbreak, officials in Hunan Province have culled and disposed of an additional 2,067 birds.
  • In December 2016, according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, 106 human cases, including 20 deaths, of H7N9 have been reported in China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2016, Hong Kong banned poultry imports from Miyazaki Prefecture (southern Japan) due to an H5N6 outbreak, while the ban on poultry imports from Utö Island (near Stockholm, Sweden) was for an unspecified strain.
  • In mid-January 2015, Chiayi County (southwestern Taiwan) destroyed more than 1,500 geese due to an H5N8 outbreak. Meanwhile, 120,000 chickens were culled in Pingtung County due to an outbreak (detected on 9 January 2015) of H5N2 avian influenza.
  • In late December 2014, Hong Kong banned imports from various US poultry products after cases of H5N2 were reported in Whatcom County, Washington (bordering British Columbia). In addition, H5N8 was detected in Winston, Oregon (~450 miles south of Whatcom).
  • In early September 2014, an outbreak of H5N6 was reported on a geese farm in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It was reported that approximately 18,000 geese died in August 2014 on the farm and 69,000 poultry were subsequently culled.

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