As it stated in The death toll from bird flu infections tends to drop towards the end of the winter.
BEIJING China reported 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu in February, the government said on Monday, much higher than in previous years and bringing the death toll in this winter’s outbreaks to 161 since October.
The total of 140 for first two months of 2017 alone already surpasses the annual totals for avian flu in China in recent years.
The H7N9 strain shows little or no symptoms in poultry, a factor which has limited the number of birds culled in the world’s third-largest producer of broiler chickens and the second-biggest consumer of poultry.
South Korea and Japan are also battling their own major outbreaks and have culled millions of chickens.
161 people have been killed by bird flu this winter in China’s worst outbreak since 2009
Since last October, 161 people have been killed by the H7N9 virus in the most deadly avian flu outbreak the country has seen since at least 2009, the Chinese government said on Monday.
This year’s bird flu season continues to set records in China with the virus infecting another 160 people and killing 61 in the month of February.
Following a bird flu outbreak in 2013 that caused widespread panic, killing 36 people and resulting in more than $6 billion in economic losses for China’s agricultural sector, China began to institute measures to contain and prevent the disease.
This winter, those policies led to poultry markets around the country being shut down and some 175,000 birds being culled as Chinese authorities have become increasingly worried about the spread of the deadly virus.
Fortunately, the worst is likely behind us.
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