BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said an H5N6 avian flu virus outbreak has been detected in swans in the western region of Xinjiang.

Fifteen out of a group of 150 swans had died from the virus and another 15 were ill in the waterfront of a park and pond in Yining county in Xinjiang, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Shivani Singh, Hallie Gu and Beijing newsroom; Editing by Andrew Heavens)