Avian flu outbreak reported in Mekong delta province

The Department of Preventive Medicine, a part of the Ministry of Health, yesterday announced an outbreak of A/H5N1 avian flu in a farm at Dai Hai commune, in Ke Sach District of the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang.

The provincial Department of Animal Health liaised with the local government to bury 1,100 two month-old chickens which infected with the dangerous avian flu virus in the farm and implement measures against the disease as per the regulation.

The Department of Preventive Medicine said that A/H5N1 avian flu is the virus causing avian flu amongst chicken in Asia since 2003 and is plaguing other nations. From 2003 to January 2015, around 777 cases of bird flu were reported in 16 nations and 428 people succumbed to the disease (or accounting for 55.1 percent).

Accordingly, the Department of Preventive Medicine warned people not to eat dead poultry; farms must be disinfected and people have to wear protective clothes when contacting with poultry to reduce the risk of transmission.

When a person experiences a symptom of chest pain and breathing problem, he/she has to go to a nearby medical clinic for examination and treatment

By Tuong Lam – translated by Uyen Phuong

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