The Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced on February 5 that a wild bird H5N8 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza epidemic occurred in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province.
On February 5, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs received a report from the China Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center. According to the diagnosis by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, a wild bird H5N8 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza epidemic occurred in Yuntai Mountain Scenic Area, Lianyungang City. Approximately 647 wild poultry inhabited the epidemic site, 17 of them became ill and 17 died. After the outbreak, the local area immediately activated an emergency response mechanism, carried out emergency treatment, disinfected the surrounding environment, and treated all sick and dead wild birds in a harmless manner.