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Bengaluru: After a deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Chinese authorities have now confirmed a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province.

Almost 18,000 chickens have been culled in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan as a result of the outbreak, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. The avian flu has not been reported in humans so far.

Of the 7,850 chickens on the farm where the outbreak has occurred, 4,500 had died of the H5N1 avian flu.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), H5N1 can be transmitted to humans via contact with infected live or dead birds. The agency, however, says the virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual.

Hunan is about 400 km south of Hubei province that has the city of Wuhan, which is the epicentre of coronavirus.

The influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, can be treated in humans by available antiviral medicines.

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WHO says it is still safe to consume hygienically-treated poultry and eggs as the virus is sensitive to heat. Normal cooking temperature (70 deg C) will kill the virus, it states.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus has spread to more number of countries. In China alone, more than 300 people have been killed so far. More and more foreign citizens have been evacuated from Wuhan and other major cities in China are being cut-off from international air travel.

Scientists from Thailand recently claimed they have discovered a potential cure for coronavirus.

In India, three confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerala and all three patients have had a history of travel and stay in China.

Also read: India temporarily suspends e-visa facility for Chinese & foreigners residing in China


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11 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Let the Chaina people take regularly eucalyptus oil boil daily from head to bottom even children.Two times pepper and dry ginger vishayam everybody must take.and all ordinary people must take atonce throat touch SWAB test to find out any bacteria are in the body.And NEEM LEAVES WITH TURMERIC PASTE SHOULD BE KEPT AT EVERYBODY’S HOUSE AT THE ENTRACE.THIS WATER CAN BE SPREAD ALL OVER THE HOUSE AND ENTRANCE.

    • These remedies are good and dandy; but people should change their eating habits! “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, as the saying goes!? Just because it is readily available does not mean you should eat it! It’s one thing to eat chicken, fish but bats, snakes, bugs, AND Man’s Best Friends!! Atrocious and far from being human! God gave you a brain, use it! The world is suffering today because of your eating habits! I know a lot of you reading this will think I am ignorant and mean – I dare you to go assist their Yulin Festival and see how much you enjoy it!!

  2. Herbal medicines may be tried to combat the carona virus as tried by Bodhi Dharman of yonder days. Hope that there may be a remidy for this virus.

  3. Corona virus can be cured but not sure . HIV treating drugs+ seizures treating drugs+ antibiotics mite cure people … But can’t guarantee on the kidneys due to dosages …

  4. Chicken are slaughtered in most unhygenic conditions in shops spread across our towns and cities – putting people’s health at risk.
    It is shocking that the Indian Government has not yet banned slaughtering of birds and animals outside slaughter houses.

  5. This was when in early age Bhodhi Dharma went from Tamil Nadu ,india . saved china from such virus.hope some one comes and save them now.pray God.


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