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HPAI H5 Confirmed in Hunan Province in China
October 25, 2005
Today's OIE report from China describes a third H5N1 outbreak in less than a week. This report is for Wantang village in Xiangtan county in Hunan Province. 545/687 chickens and ducks died and 2497 were culled. The diagnosis was H5 HPAI, which is likely to be H5N1 wild bird flu and the latest outbreak extends the path further south from Mongolia to Inner Mongolia to AnHui, to Hunan.
These reports suggest that H5N1 will be widespread throughout eastern China and will likely extend into South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Sequence data on these recent isolates would be useful.