BEIJING, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - Chinese authorities
have imposed quarantine restrictions in a county in the
northwest Qinghai Province amid fears of a possible bird flu
outbreak, Xinhua said on Tuesday.
Sanitary authorities began culling poultry and
disinfecting farms after the deadly H5N1 virus was discovered
in 121 dead migratory birds in the Gonghe County.
No cases of human H5N1 infection have been registered so
As of May 15, a total of 424 human bird flu cases,
resulting in 261 deaths, had been registered worldwide since
the virus was first detected in 2003, according to the World
Health Organization statistics.
With 38 official bird flu cases and 25 deaths, China
remains the fourth hardest-hit country after Indonesia, Vietnam