HANOI, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's central Nghe
An province, which detected an outbreak among fowls in early May, has faced a
new one, a local veterinary official told Xinhua on Sunday.
Nearly 1,300 out of flocks of 3,800 ducks raised by three households
in Hung Nguyen district, Nghe An, were found dead on May 9, the official from
the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development said on condition of anonymity, adding that samples from dead
poultry were tested positive to bird flu virus strain H5.
Earlier, specimens from ducks raised by a household in Dien Chau
district, Nghe An were tested positive to H5. Among the flock of 610 ducks, 246
died from May 1-4.
Nghe An is the only locality in Vietnam currently being hit by bird
flu, the official said. Bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam, starting in December
2003, have killed and led to the forced culling of dozens of millions of fowls
in the country.
Vietnam is actively vaccinating fowls against bird flu viruses to
prevent potential outbreaks, the official said, noting that a total of 111
million poultry in 60 cities and provinces have been vaccinated so far this