Chinese authorities have reported that a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu has been discovered in Hunan, China.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced on Saturday that the strain was found at a farm in the city of Shaoyang in Hunan Province.
A new strain of H7N9, commonly known and referred to as bird flu, is circulating in China, and scientists believe this could pose a threat to humans as it has the potential to trigger a global pandemic.
American and Japanese researchers have tested the new bird flu strain, which has been circulating in China since 2013. On a report published by the researchers at Cell Host and Microbe on Thursday, the new virus strain that was tested on mice, ferrets and other non-human mammals had replicated efficiently.