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H5N6 bird flu outbreak reported in Thanh Hoa
The Saigon Times Daily
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H5N6 bird flu outbreak reported in Thanh Hoa

The Saigon Times Daily

A chicken farm is sterilized. Vietnam has reported ten outbreaks of H5N6 bird flu in the year to date – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – While the north-central province of Thanh Hoa is scrambling to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, its two districts of Nong Cong and Quang Xuong have reported an outbreak of A/H5N6 avian influenza, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The bird flu has hit 10 household farms across four hamlets in three communes, forcing the districts to cull over 23,000 chickens, according to data from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released at a press briefing today, February 13.

In Nong Cong, nine household farms in the communes of Tan Khang and Tan Tho have been affected by the outbreak, with more than 19,800 chickens being culled.

In Quang Xuong, another outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu was detected at a poultry farm run by Vu Ngoc Viet, residing in Quang Truong Commune, resulting in 3,280 chickens being culled.

The province’s subdepartment of animal health is stepping up efforts to contain the H5N6 virus in the two districts by sterilizing poultry farms, vaccinating poultry and setting up quarantine checkpoints.

Year-to-date, 10 outbreaks of the bird flu have been reported across the country, forcing Bac Ninh, Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An to cull 43,202 chickens.

The data was announced by Pham Van Dong, head of the Animal Health Department, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, at a conference on February 13 on the execution of measures to handle avian influenza and cattle diseases.

As of February 11, an outbreak of the A/H5N6 virus in the northern province of Quang Ninh passed 21 days without any new infections from the date it was first detected. The nine remaining outbreaks, which were discovered early this month, have yet to meet the 21-day requirement.

According to Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, a major bird flu epidemic in 2004 had wreaked havoc on the local husbandry sector, with 45 million chickens needing to be culled.

The minister asked local authorities to stay alert on the influenza outbreaks as even small outbreaks can trigger an epidemic. They must adopt firm measures to prevent the bird flu from spreading, especially while the country is sparing no effort to prevent the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, called Covid-19.

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