China reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in Shaoyang city of the southern province of Hunan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Sunday.
The case occurred on a farm with 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which have died of the bird flu. The ministry did not say when the outbreak occurred, or when the cull happened. However, the authorities have culled 17,828 poultry following the outbreak.
No human cases of the H5N1 virus has been reported.
China is not alone in grappling with the H5N1 outbreak
India has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry farm in the central state of Chhattisgarh, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from India's fisheries and animal husbandry ministry.
The virus killed 5,634 out of 21,060 birds on the farm in Baikunthpur and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said in an website alert.
Since 2003, the H5N1 avian flu has killed 455 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
The latest H5N1 outbreak comes as China and countries around the world are trying to tackle the Wuhan virus outbreak that saw the death toll surged to over 300 as of the end of Saturday.