Rare Civets Die from Bird Flu

Following the death of four Owston palm civets, the management board at Cuc Phuong National Park in the Ninh Binh Northern province, sent samples of the dead animals for independent testing. The tests have verified that the animals were positive for the H5N1 virus.

Bird flu kills rare wild cats at Cuc Phuong National Park

The news was confirmed, by the director of the National Veterinary Diagnosis Center (NVDC) Nguyen Van Cam, at a meeting held by the National Steering Board of Bird Flu Prevention yesterday in Ha Noi.

Six rare Owston palm civets, two common palm civets, five pee-wit hoopie birds, two douc langurs (long-tailed monkeys) and one loris were reported to have died between February 8 and March 2. However, tests on these samples proved negative for the H5N1 virus.

In order to protect the eight remaining Owston palm civets, listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book of endangered species, the head of the NVDC proposed measures to prevent the disease spreading. Prevention procedures consist of carrying out sterilization, setting up quarantine areas and an area to be used solely for dealing with fecal matter.

Bird flu experts have been warning of its existence at Cuc Phuong Park since 2005 and of the dangers of it spreading. The Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Bui Ba Bong stated that there have been outbreaks of avian flu in eight provinces and Ninh Binh is one of the provinces now hit by bird flu.

Source: SGGP, TN - Translated by Ngoc Anh

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