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Authorities have culled more than 150,000 chickens due to an outbreak of bird flu in China's remote northwestern region of Xinjiang. According to the ministory of agriculture, this most recent epidemic has caused the death of 1,600 chickens. Agricultural authorities quarantined and culled the remaining 5000 infected chickens in order to prevent future spread of the disease. China has the highest probability of bird flu epidemics because of the country's large poultry population and the close proximity citizens have with chickens in rural areas. The last reported bird flu outbreak in mainland China was in April.