While Wuhan coronavirus is still on its way to spreading around the globe and a vaccine has not yet been found, China is now facing 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 Saturday, Feb. 1.
The case occurred on a farm with 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which have died of the bird flu. The authorities have culled 17,828 poultry following the outbreak, according to Channel News Asia.
China, however, is not alone in the fight for the latest outbreak. Authorities in India earlier this week started killing chickens and destroying eggs to stop the virus from spreading. In Eastern Europe, the H5N8 virus has spread throughout the area in recent weeks.
The first month of 2020 has just gone by, yet the world has recorded a lot of crises. The coronavirus alone has killed more than 300 with more than 14,500 cases confirmed worldwide.
In the United States, the Pentagon on Saturday, Feb. 1, assigned four military bases to prepare quarantine sites for people who may have come into contact with the virus that originated in Wuhan, China, The Associated Press reported.
U.S. citizens returning from China’s Hubei Province, where Wuhan is the capital city, will be “subject up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine,” said The Associated Press.
The military installations that will have quarantine sites include Fort Carson in Colorado, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and Travis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California.
A Defense Department statement said HHS officials requested the use of several facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29. HHS would be responsible for all care, transportation, and security of the evacuees, according to the statement.
Collectively, the four bases will be capable of housing up to 1,000 people in quarantine.