In central China, H5N1 bird flu has been detected in ducks. Around 1,805 ducklings were found dead on a farm in the area prompting authorities to issue order to undertake culling of 217,000 ducks in an effort to contain the spread of bird flu.
The Agriculture Ministry confirmed that the bird flu outbreak was detected in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. On its website, the ministry added that no cases were reported from nearby farms. The Chinese government also confirmed that the man who died on July 12 in northwestern region of Xinjiang was affected by bird flu. That brought the country's total toll to 14.