HANOI, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has reported six bird flu outbreaks in five provinces nationwide in the past 21 days, said Pham Van Dong, chief of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Animal Health on Wednesday.
Specifically, two A/H5N1 avian bird flu outbreaks are reported in northern Nam Dinh province, one A/H5N6 in central Quang Ngai province, while southern Dong Nai, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu reported one A/H5N1 outbreak in each province.
After being under control for ages, bird flu outbreaks have re-appeared in numerous Vietnamese localities, said Dong, adding that all sick poultries in the disease-affected areas have been destroyed.
According to the department, in the coming time, avian flu is at high risk of outbreak and spreading. Some virus types that are not present in Vietnam including A/H7N9, A/H5N2 are likely to enter the country via transportation, sale and consumption of smuggled poultry and poultry products.
As a result, localities have been urged to be active in prevention and combating avian flu, enhance controlling and strictly handle smuggled poultry, detect promptly and deal with outbreaks, the department said.