Bird Flu Found in Mekong Delta

Fresh outbreak of bird flu in poultry lands in two provinces in the southern Mekong Delta after successfully controlling the pandemic for a year, the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Control officially announced Tuesday in Ha Noi.

Poultry raising in such condition easily spreads bird flu

The announcement was given after the deaths of several thousand birds in Ca Mau and Bac Lieu Provinces.

The one-month-old fowls in the two provinces that were illegally-hatched and unvaccinated have positive test for the bird flu H5 virus but not the N component.

In the afternoon of December 19, Director of Ca Mau Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Ngo Chi Dung asked veterinarian force to cull all poultry in two villages of the province where bird flu in poultry broke out.  

According to the first initial investigation, the total poultry in both villages is about 25, 000 which will be killed on Wednesday.

At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat requested the central people’s committees in districts and cities as well as state agencies to promptly set up epidemic surveillance and measures against the epidemic.

The nation has been this year held up as a shining example of how to tackle the disease.

No human cases of bird flu have been reported since November 2005 in Vietnam.

The country's success in the fight against bird flu has been attributed to a wide range of measures including a poultry vaccination campaign organized in cooperation with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

By Th.N - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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