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  • China - Wild birds infected with bird flu in north China [Liaoning]

    Wild birds infected with bird flu in north China
    20 Apr 2006 12:03:28 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    BEIJING, April 20 (Reuters) - Two birds living in the wild and found dead in northeast China were confirmed to be infected with H5N1 bird flu, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Agriculture Ministry.

    The Liaoning provincial government has disinfected the region where the magpie and wild duck were found, Xinhua said, adding that Liaoning has never had outbreaks of bird flu. [Untrue - see next post.]

    The Health Ministry reported a new human infection on Tuesday in the central province of Hubei, bringing the number of human infections to 17 in the world's most-populous nation. Eleven have died.

    Epidemiologists fear that bird flu could mutate into a form where it could pass easily among humans, potentially triggering a pandemic in which millions could die.

    There have been more than 30 outbreaks in poultry in a dozen provinces over the past year in China.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK2786.htm
    ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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    Re: China - Wild birds infected with bird flu in north China [Liaoning]

    From last year...

    China Reports Fourth Bird Flu Outbreak
    BEIJING, Nov. 4, 2005

    (AP) China reported its fourth bird flu outbreak in three weeks Thursday, saying the virus killed nearly 9,000 chickens in a northeastern village, prompting authorities to destroy 369,900 other birds.

    The outbreak occurred Oct. 26 in Badaohao, a village in Liaoning province, east of Beijing, the Agriculture Ministry said in a report posted late Thursday on the Web site of the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health.

    The report came despite Chinese government efforts to tighten controls on the country's vast poultry flocks and vaccinate millions of birds.

    Authorities also found 20 dead magpies and other wild birds, said the report by the ministry's Veterinary Bureau.

    Local veterinarians initially suspected Newcastle disease, another poultry infection, but laboratory tests showed it was the H5 strain of bird flu on Nov. 1, the report said.

    The H5 strain is not the same type that has proven deadly to humans. The H5N1 strain began ravaging poultry stocks across Asia and jumped from birds to people in late 2003. Since then, it has killed at least 62 people in Southeast Asia.

    It said officials quarantined the area and ordered the vaccination of 13.9 million poultry in Liaoning.

    China's first reported bird flu case in the latest round of outbreaks occurred Oct. 14 on a farm in the northern region of Inner Mongolia.

    Other outbreaks were reported in Anhui province in the east and in Hunan in central China. No human cases have been reported.

    At each outbreak site, the government has destroyed thousands of chickens and ducks in an effort to contain the virus.

    The government this week ordered authorities throughout the country to step up disease monitoring and announced the creation of a $250 million fund to finance anti-bird flu work.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...8DLBC9GE.shtml
    ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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      Re: China - Wild birds infected with bird flu in north China [Liaoning]

      The Indonesian-wintering birds are working their way north - through Liaoning on their way to Siberia.

      Regional map with Liaoning here.

      A quick check of the tempertures here shows the daytime temperatures are just above freezing - "thaw our the frozen bird droppings" weather!
      This is also the temperature range where H5N1 can survive for about 30 days.

      Later - I went back and checked termperatures - it's warmer, so the 30+ temps must have been early morning.
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      Last edited by AlaskaDenise; April 20, 2006, 09:09 PM.
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