A deadly strain of bird flu has hit China as the country fights back against the coronavirus outbreak.
The H5N1 avian influenza cases were reported at a farm in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan yesterday, killing 4,500 out of 7,850 chickens.
Chinese authorities have already culled 17,828 poultry in the wake of the outbreak, according to a Reuters report.
Officials have since sealed off and sterilised the affected area.
According to the World Health Organisation, human cases of H5N1 occur occasionally but the virus does not infect humans easily.
However, it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person.
When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60%, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Shaoyang is about 302 miles from the central city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began late last month.
People can become infected by having close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments.
The WHO confirmed: There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.
"It is safe to eat properly prepared and cooked poultry and game birds. The virus is sensitive to heat.
"Normal temperatures used for cooking (so that food reaches 70C in all parts) will kill the virus."
More than 300 people have been killed by the coronavirus, with over 14,000 infections confirmed.
A 44-year-old man has been pronounced dead in the Philippines from the coronavirus, making him the first to die from the virus outside of China.
The patient was a Chinese man from Wuhan in Hubei province and appeared to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines.
Two other family members tested positive in England earlier this week, having been taken ill at a hotel in York.
One of them is a student at the University of York , but was not on campus or in student accommodation before or after exposure to the virus.
Public Health England (PHE) said it was making "good progress" in tracing people who have come into close contact with the two Chinese nationals.