The South China Morning Post reports outbreak of deadly bird flu among chickens in Hunan province, close to coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan

China has reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province, which lies on the southern border of Hubei province, the epicentre of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

The outbreak occurred in a farm in the Shuangqing district of Shaoyang city. The farm has 7,850 chickens, and 4,500 of the chickens have died from the contagion. Local authorities have culled 17,828 poultry after the outbreak,” according to a statement by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Saturday.

No human cases of the Hunan H5N1 virus has been reported. It is possible, but difficult, to transmit bird flu from person to person, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, bird flu is highly deadly to humans who contract it, with a mortality rate of more than 50 per cent in cases over the last 15 years, which is much deadlier to humans than either Sars (a 10 per cent mortality rate) or the novel coronavirus (a 2 per cent mortality rate in the outbreak so far).

Official Coronavirus Stats

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Official Deaths in Wuhan

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The above stats as translated from China Official National Statistics.

I added the percentages.

The problem is: few believe the death totals.

Comparison Silliness

  • Comparisons to the Flu are absurd without believable reporting
  • Comparisons between China and US are absurd as the US may have acted in time to stop the spread

Mike "Mish" Shedlock