Once the most feared avian flu virus on the planet, H5N1 has in recent years taken a back seat to H7N9 in terms of being a pandemic threat, and to HPAI H5N8 as far as being a threat to poultry and wild birds.
While H5N1 has been reported in recent months in India and Nepal, China's last HPAI H5N1 outbreak was reported from Qinghai Province in June of 2018. Prior to that, you have to go back to an outbreak in Inner Mongolia in August of 2017.Today China's MOA is reporting an outbreak in Liaoning Province - which lies adjacent to North Korea - and the culling of more than 25,000 birds.
A highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak of poultry H5N1 occurred in Xinmin City, Liaoning Province
Date: 2019-04-02 10:48 Author: Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Press Office
The Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs released on April 2, a high-pathogenic avian influenza epidemic of poultry H5N1 in Xinmin City, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.
On April 2, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs received a report from the China Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center and was diagnosed by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory. H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza epidemics occurred in poultry raised by a farmer in Xinmin City.
The farmer kept 24,500 poultry and died more than 1,000 birds. After the outbreak, the local authorities in accordance with the relevant plans and technical requirements for prevention and control, do a good job in the treatment of the epidemic situation, has culled 25,472 poultry, all the sick and culled poultry have been harmless treatment.
Avian influenza outbreaks have been greatly reduced since China's successful nationwide deployment of a new, experimental H5+H7 poultry vaccine in 2017, but China have begun to see a smattering of `breakthrough' events including 5 human H5N6 infections last year, a smattering of H5N6 outbreaks in poultry, and just last week, the first reported outbreak of H7N9 (in poultry) since the summer of 2018.
While none of this rises even close to the levels of activity we were seeing a few years ago, this minor trend may gain momentum over time, and is worthy of our notice.