China Culls Chickens to Prevent Bird Flu Spread28 January 2014
CHINA - The Chinese veterinary authorities have sent the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) an eleventh follow-up report on the low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) outbreak situation in the country.
According to the report, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and virus isolation tests were carried out at the Harbin veterinary research institute, Chinese academy of agricultural sciences, on 13 and 19 January and all tests produced positive results.
An outbreak reportedly took place at an agriculture products market in Guangdong on 11 January. 1200 birds were found susceptible, out of which two cases were reported. All 1200 birds were destroyed.
All 185 specimens (chicken) were collected according to the national surveillance plan and no clinical signs were found. Two specimens tested positive from Changban agriculture product market and Yijinxinjie agriculture market, respectively.
According to the OIE report, on 16 January, another outbreak took place in Fujian in which one case was reported. All 220 specimens (89 chickens, 53 pigeons, 22 ducks and 56 environment specimens) were collected according to the national surveillance plan and no clinical signs were found. One environment specimen tested positive from Meiling agriculture product market.
The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.
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