By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported Wednesday on a wild bird H5N8 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza epidemic in the Hongjiannao National Nature Reserve in Shenmu City.

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The outbreak, confirmed by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, has resulted in some 4200 deaths of wild poultry.

The local area immediately activated an emergency response mechanism, carried out emergency response work, treated all sick and dead wild birds in a harmless manner, and disinfected the surrounding environment.

Since the beginning of this year, a total of 6 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks (all wild birds) have been reported across the country. The outbreaks were all localized and no regional outbreaks have occurred.

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