HANOI, Oct. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Vietnam has just seen the death of some 110
ducks in southern Bac Lieu province, a local official told Xinhua on Tuesday.
"According to tests by the Regional Veterinary Center in Can Tho city, the
fowls were infected with a bird flu virus strain," said Nguyen Phuc Tai,
director of the Provincial Veterinary Department.
The 110 out of over 300 ducks raised by a local farmer in Hong Dan district died
last week, he said, adding that the whole flock, which had yet to be
vaccinated against bird flu, was culled Tuesday morning.
Bac Lieu has vaccinated more than 600,000 fowls out of its poultry
population of over 1.1 million.
The Vietnamese government has recently decided to spend 700 billion
Vietnamese dong (VND) (44.3 million US dollars) on vaccinating fowls. Vietnam is
importing more bird flu vaccines from China so as to complete the first batch of
vaccination by late next month.
All fowls will have been vaccinated by late March 2007. To date, 37 out of
64 cities and provinces have vaccinated over 54 million fowls.
Vietnam has detected 22 bird flu outbreaks in 10 provinces since April,
which have killed and led to the forced culling of nearly 14,400 fowls,
according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
To deal with possible bird flu outbreaks among humans in the coming time,
the government will upgrade hospitals and ensure sufficient reserves of
anti-virus drugs with an estimated cost of some 6,870 billion VND (nearly 434.8
million dollars), according to delegates to an anti-bird flu meeting hosted by
the Government Office on Monday.
Last week, foreign donors pledged to disburse 6.8 million dollars in the next
six months to meet short-term needs of Vietnam's animal breading and health
Up to 91 Vietnamese people have been infected with bird flu since the disease started to break out in the country in late 2003. Of them, 41 have died. Enditem