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1,989 peacocks vaccinated in Yunnan Wild Animal Park

By : Kunming|Updated: 2010-11-26

A total of 1,989 peacocks are vaccinated in Yunnan Wild Animal Park by veterinarians on November 25th.

A total of 1,989 peacocks were vaccinated in Yunnan Wild Animal Park on November 25th, for protecting them from avian influenza virus and new castle disease. Early in the morning, 20 breeders assembled in the peacock garden and got prepared.

At first, the peacocks were walking around all over the garden. The breeders tried hard to catch them, keeping them in a "room" which was fenced by nylon nets. One after another, they were vaccinated by veterinarians.

Moreover, birds will also be vaccinated later.

Avian influenza, sometimes avian flu, and commonly bird flu, refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. Of the greatest concern is highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "swine flu," "dog flu," "horse flu," or "human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

Newcastle disease is a contagious bird disease affecting many domestic and wild avian species. Its effects are most notable in domestic poultry due to their high susceptibility and the potential for severe impacts of an epidemic on the poultry industries. It is endemic to many countries. It was discovered in Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1926 (Doyle), but also at this time slightly different strains were found in other parts of the world.(Reporter:Tina He, editor:Minnie Mao)

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