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China destroys 95,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

The agricultural authorities in northeastern China have slaughtered 95,000 chickens after an outbreak of the avian influenza virus, H5N1, state media have reported, according to AFP. The outbreak in the city of Touying, in the region of Ningxia, was discovered last Friday, April 13, after more than 23,000 chickens begin to show symptoms of the disease, said state news agency Xinhua.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the epidemic is under control, and teams have been sent to the area to take preventive measures. China is considered one of the countries to be most at risk of avian flu epidemics because it has the largest flock of birds in the world, and many interact closely with humans in rural areas.

In January, one man died in Guizhou province, in the southwest of the country, after contracting the bird flu virus, the second such fatality in China this year, health officials said.

Information provided by AFP, Agência Estado, and Xinhua



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