Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

Still battling with Coronavirus, another outbreak hits China

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 17: WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 17: (CHINA OUT) Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Local authorities have confirmed that a second person in the city has died of a pneumonia-like virus since the outbreak started in December. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Chinese province of Hunan has been hit with an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu affecting thousands of chickens. The outbreak is of particular concern giving that the province is a neighbor to the Coronavirus ravaged Hubei province. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that 4,500 chickens had died of avian flu caused by the H5N1 virus at a farm in the city of Shaoyang.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that 4,500 chickens had died of avian flu caused by the H5N1 virus at a farm in the city of Shaoyang.

China is known to be prone to outbreaks of zoonotic flus and viruses given their love for animal dishes. A man died of the H5N1 in the province of Sichuan in 2015.

Chinese authorities are on high alert in response to the bird flu outbreak given the continuing spread of the new coronavirus among humans.