Bird flu back in northern, southern Vietnam

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

Around 1,500 fowls have been killed in two communes of Dien Bien District since Monday after the H5N1 virus was spotted on January 14, the second time in 11 months in Thanh Hung Commune and third time in 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 and the disposal of dead birds by throwing them into the river or other similar actions that endanger public health have been banned.

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, nearly 1,000 fowls had been killed in Ca Mau, 20 days after bird flu was detected again in the nation’s southernmost province.

The number included nearly 500 chickens belonging to Tran Van Tuan that were found sick and killed. The chicken were found infected with the H5N1 virus, said Su Van Minh, director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Tran Van Thoi District.

Ca Mau authorities said they are taking measures to prevent the virus from spreading further.

Source: Thanh Nien, VNA

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