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China detects H5N8 HPAI virus in Shaanxi

For the first time, the H5N8 of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has been detected in the Chinese province of Shaanxi following mass mortality in wild birds. In Iraq and Taiwan, new HPAI cases have been confirmed in poultry. Losses of laying hens in South Korea from earlier outbreaks continue to cause shortages and high prices for eggs. From China coms a report of another human infection with an influenza virus of avian origin.
Following the mass mortality of water birds at a natural park in Shaanxi, tests in China revealed the detection of the H5N8 HPAI virus variant for the first time in the province.
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Lesotho is ninth African state to report avian flu in poultry

Registering its first ever cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), Lesotho has become the ninth African country to report cases of the disease in poultry so far this year. From Mali and South Africa come reports of additional outbreaks in poultry, affecting more regions.
So far this year, Lesotho has become the ninth African state to report highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry. For the country surrounded by South Africa, it also represents the first occurrence of HPAI.
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First known human case of H10N3 influenza in China

Following a bout of illness and hospitalization, a human patient has tested positive for an H10N3 influenza virus of avian origin.
A Chinese man tested positive for an H10N3 influenza virus of avian origin, which is believed to be the first time this has occurred in a human.
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How to reduce avian flu spread at Asian poultry markets

Simple and inexpensive changes could reduce the risk of people becoming infected with avian flu virus from poultry, according to new research from Vietnam.
As recently as one month ago, authorities in Vietnam registered a further 40 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry.
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