Bird flu returns to northern Vietnam

Published: 28/01/2010 05:00



Two communes in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien reported cases of bird flu on Wednesday.

Around 1,500 fowls have been disposed of in two communes of Dien Bien District since Monday after the H5N1 virus was spotted on January 14, the second time in 11 months at Thanh Hung Commune and third time at Thanh Yen Commune.

The provincial government has banned the slaughter and transport of chicken as well as trading in fowls from the two communes.

It also tightened control over poultry breeding in other communes around the district and at the province’s capital city of Dien Bien Phu.

The use of unhealthy fowl has been banned as well as the disposal of dead birds by throwing them into the river or other similar actions that endanger public health.

Also as of Wednesday, nearly 1,000 fowls have been killed in the Mekong Delta Ca Mau Province, 20 days after bird flu returned.

The number includes nearly 500 chickens of Tran Van Tuan, dead last Wednesday after getting sick. The chicken have tested positive with H5N1, said Su Van Minh, director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Tran Van Thoi District.

Ca Mau authorities have made efforts to prevent the virus from spreading.

Source: Thanh Nien, VNA

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