While H5N6 is spreading its wings to the east in South Korea and Japan, today China's Ministry of Agriculture has announced what appears to be the westernmost outbreak reported - on a poultry farm in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region - very near the Kazakhstan border.
Released by: Ministry of Agriculture Information Office Date: 2016-12-26 18:05 Key words: avian influenza; epidemic situation; Xinjiang
Ministry of Agriculture News Office December 26 release, Yili, Yili City, Xinjiang, occurred in a poultry highly pathogenic avian influenza.
December 17, Yili, Yili City, Xinjiang veterinary sector in the monitoring found in some farmers raised chickens suspected bird flu symptoms, the incidence of 16,000 chickens, 10716 dead. December 19, Xinjiang Autonomous Region Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center diagnosed as suspected bird flu. December 26, the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed that the outbreak for the H5N6 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
After the outbreak of the epidemic, according to the relevant local plans and technical specifications, adhere to the law prevention and control, scientific prevention and control, do a good job in the epidemic disposal work has been culling and harmless treatment of 55,903 poultry. At present, the epidemic has been effectively controlled.
The jump of H5N6 to the western edge of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region not only moves the viral chess pieces across the full 5000 km breadth of China, it places countries that border Xinjiang (Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) on notice as well.