H7N9 Bird Flu Cases in Live Bird Markets in Hunan04 March 2014
CHINA - The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported two cases from two outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza (H7N9) in live bird markets located in Hunan.
According to follow-up report no. 13 sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on 28 February 2014, the outbreaks took place in Gelin new city live bird market and Chengbei live bird market, both in Hunan.
According to the OIE, 40 samples were collected from Gelin live bird market (including 13 chicken samples, 12 duck samples and 15 environment samples) according to the national surveillance plan and no clinical signs were found. One chicken sample tested positive.
In Chengbei live bird market, 45 chicken samples were collected from the live bird market according to the national surveillance plan and no clinical signs were found. One chicken sample was tested positive.
A total of 160 birds were found susceptible, out of which two cases were reported. All 160 birds were destroyed.
The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.
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