Bird flu-hit localities in Vietnam rise to 6 2007-11-09 11:50:40   Print

    HANOI, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- A bird flu outbreak has recently occurred in Vietnam's southern Ben Tre province, raising the total number of localities currently affected by the disease to six, according to a local veterinary agency on Friday.

    The disease has killed 30 out of a flock of 60 two-month old ducks raised by a household in Mo Cay district since Nov. 1, the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said, noting that their specimens were tested positive to bird flu virus strain H5N1.

    Now, bird flu is hitting the northern provinces of Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Cao Bang, central Quang Tri province, and the southern provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh, the department said, noting that cities and provinces nationwide are keeping on vaccinating poultry against bird flu viruses.

    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. 

Editor: An Lu
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