New study maps high-risk spots for spread of deadly bird flu in Asia

Woman sells live ducklings at a ‘wet market’ in Indonesia. (Photo credit: ILRI/Chris Jost)

Woman sells live ducklings at a ‘wet market’ in Indonesia. (Photo credit: ILRI/Chris Jost)

(Cross-posted from ILRI website)

 

A4NH research partner, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), has shared a new study, published in Nature Communications, revealing conditions linked to the emergence and spread of a deadly strain of avian influenza (H7N9) and mapping the areas within Asia at greatest risk further spread and infection.

 

 

Together with researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Oxford University, and the Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention, ILRI analyzed new data showing the distribution and density of live poultry markets in China and of poultry production overall in the country. They found the highest risk in urban areas of China where the disease has not yet occurred, along with large swaths of the Bengal regions of Bangladesh and India, the Mekong and Red River deltas in Vietnam, and isolated parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.

 

For more details on this study and to view maps showing the distribution of global livestock and high-risk areas, please click here to read the full post on ILRI’s website.