While it hasn't received nearly as much attention over the past year as H5N8, venerable H5N1 continues to circulate around the world more than two decades after it first emerged in China.
We've seen very few human infections reported over the past two years, but the virus continues to spark poultry outbreaks around the world, primarily in Egypt and parts of the Middle East, West Africa, and parts of Asia.Last week Myanmar reported an outbreak (see OIE Notification: H5N1 In Poultry - Myanmar), while today it is Inner Mongolia's Prefecture-Level City of Tongilao's turn. I've not located an official statement from China's MOH, but the following report comes from Xinhua, China's official news outlet.
Inner Mongolia Tongliao Horqin district occurred in poultry of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 subtype
2017-08-01 19:02:35 Source: Xinhua News Agency
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, August 1 - Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture issued August 1, Inner Mongolia Horqin district in Tongliao City occurred in poultry H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic bird flu.
July 28, Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia Horqin district veterinary department found a farm breeding hens appear in the monitoring of suspected bird flu symptoms, the incidence of 35,000, 15,000 died. July 29, autonomous regions and animal disease prevention and control center for the diagnosis of suspected bird flu. August 1, by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed the outbreaks as H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic bird flu.
After the outbreak, according to the relevant local prevention plans and technical specifications, adhere to the prevention and control law, science and prevention and control, really good job epidemic disposal, have been culling and safe disposal 66 500 poultry. Currently, the outbreaks has been effectively controlled.