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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vietnam : Bird flu outbreak strikes three provinces

Article via Thanh Nien News, bird flu outbreaks are being reported in 3 different provinces :

" Bird flu has hit flocks of fowl in three of Vietnam’s north-central provinces over the last two weeks, the Department of Animal Health announced on Tuesday (September 13).

Hoang Van Nam, the department chief, said at a meeting of the National Anti-Bird Flu Committee that the bird flu virus H5N1 had been detected in the central provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Ngai, and in the northern province of Thai Binh.

He did not specify how many birds have been culled so far, but a previous report by the Animal Health Department says the bird flu outbreak had sickened around 8,000 poultry, including more than 7,000 ducks, raised by households in the three provinces, between August 18 and 30.

Local veterinary forces have culled all the sick birds in a bid to contain the disease, according to Nam.

As illegal imports of poultry are rising, the possibility of a wider bird flu outbreak is higher, Nam said.

The danger of a H5N1 outbreak in Vietnam is very high, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan also warned.

The Animal Health Department asked localities to follow a recent government decision to increase compensation rates for culled poultry and raise bonuses for veterinary officers."

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