China finds H5N6 bird flu in wild birds in Liaoning

China’s agriculture ministry said on 12 April that highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been identified in wild birds in the north-eastern province of Liaoning.
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Reuters reports that this case is China’s first confirmed H5N6 outbreak this year.

There were 291 wild birds at the site of the outbreak - a forest park in the provincial capital Shenyang - and 11 were killed by the disease, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.

The remaining 280 birds were culled as part of emergency response measures, it added.

The last H5N6 case in China reported by the ministry was on a poultry farm in the southwestern province of Sichuan in February 2020.

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