Tuesday, January 21, 2020

China MOA: 4th Recent Outbreak Of HPAI H5N6 (in Swans) in Western Xinjiang Province

Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region Photo Credit- Wikipedia


While nCoV2019 has garnered most of our attention the past couple of weeks, we've also been following a serious of outbreaks of HPAI H5N6 in western Xinjiang Provice (see here and here), which continues with a report (dated yesterday) from China's MOA of a 4th outbreak. 

This latest outbreak is located roughly 200 miles east of the first three events, suggesting that HPAI H5N6  - which has been greatly subdued following China's massive poultry vaccination campaign of 2017 - may be circulating in migratory birds in Western China. 

Swan H5N6 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in Manas County, Xinjiang
Date: 2020-01-20 17:38 Author: Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Press Office
The Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs released on January 20 that a wild swan H5N6 subtype highly pathogenic bird flu outbreak occurred in Manas County, Changji City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
On January 20th, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs received a report from the China Animal Epidemic Prevention and Control Center. After confirmed by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, a wild swan H5N6 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza was reported in wild swans in Lanzhou Bay Town, Manas County. 
More than 800 swans perched in this wetland area, 13 were ill and 13 died. After the outbreak, a local person has been sent to pay close attention to the dynamics of the swan in the habitat and disinfect the surrounding environment. All sick and dead birds have been harmlessly treated.