It seems that when it rains it pours in China, as in addition to the ongoing challenges from the Wuhan coronavirus, the country now faces a new threat.
It is understood that a strain of avian influenza, H5NI, has killed more than 4,000 chickens on a farm in Shaoyang in the Hunan province in the south of the country.
This has, therefore, forced the authorities to start the culling process, and more than 17,000 chickens have been killed in an effort to stop the spread.
According to the World Health Organization, while H5N1 can be transmitted to humans, typically through contact with dead birds or a contaminated environment, it is rare in humans.
The news of H5N1 comes as the Chinese authorities are trying their best to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus that has already killed more than 200 people and infected thousands.