Ha Tinh and Can Tho announces new avian flu A/H5N1 outbreak
|Destroying A/H5N1 virus-infected poultry (Source: VNA)|
New A/H5N1 avian flu outbreak spotted in Ha Tinh
A new outbreak of avian influenza A virus subtype H5N1 has been detected in the central province of Ha Tinh, according to the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Ha Tinh Department for Breeding and Animal Health reported that the virus had been found in signs of the flu in a flock of 1,698 fowls at a family farm in Dai Nai ward in Ha Tinh city since March 21. Up to 50 ducks died and the test showed they infected with A/H5N1. Local authorities culled the dead fowls and sprayed chemicals on the farm and surrounding areas to prevent the virus from spreading.
New A/H5N1 outbreak detected in Can Tho
The Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on March 22 that a new outbreak of A/H5N1 virus has been discovered in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. The A/H5N1 avian flu was found at a household farm in Thoi Hoa ward, O Mon district on March 15, with nearly 400 sick and dead ducks.The local livestock and veterinary department has coordinated with the municipal authorities to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease.It worked to destroy all sick and dead ducks, sprayed chemicals on the farm and surrounding areas, gave vaccination to flocks of poultry in the ward and adjacent wards. The municipal authorities also asked relevant agencies to closely monitor the disease development and control the transport and trading of poultry in the city.
So far, Vietnam has recorded five A/H5N1 outbreaks in Cao Bang, Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh Can Tho and Tay Ninh, and two A/H5N6 outbreaks in the provinces of Quang Tri and Cao Bang. According to the Department of Animal Health, Vietnam faces a high risk of infection of new avian flu virus strains, such as A/H7N9, A/H5N2 and A/H5N8 via illegal transport, trading and consumption of poultry, particularly in northern border provinces. The agency urged all localities to proactively prevent and control avian influenza and strengthen their supervision and punishment on poultry smuggling while monitoring their areas to promptly detect and handle any emerging outbreaks.