The H5N1 avian influenza virus has infected 14,050 ducks in the city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province, according to reports, leading to 6,300 deaths since September 11 directly due to the disease.

Local authorities have since culled 67,500 birds in the area as a precaution against spreading the disease, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health. So far, no vaccinations or other treatments are planned, but the area has been quarantines and is being monitored.