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    Veterinary agency cautions against spread of bird flu

    The Animal Health Department Tuesday warned of the possible spread of avian influenza in 7 provinces adjacent to the central province of Nghe An after a new bird flu outbreak surfaced there recently.
    At a meeting of the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control yesterday, Head of the Animal Health Department Bui Quang Anh affirmed the high risk of bird flu spreading from Nghe An to its adjacent provinces – Ha Tay, Hai Duong, **** Yen, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh.

    He asked local governments to make better preparations to control the possibility of future bird flu outbreaks after two new cases were found earlier this month in Nghe An.

    Nearly 1,300 ducks were found dead late last week in three household farms in **** Nguyen District, Nghe An. Tests on May 9 showed they were positive for H5N1, the bird flu virus.

    Earlier this month, more than 70 ducks were found dead on a farm in Dien Chau District and tests on May 3 also showed they were positive to the deadly virus.

    Anh said the bird flu reoccurrence in Nghe An was due to the province’s imported unquarantined ducks, possibly contained virus H5N1, from private duck farms in Phu Xuyen district, Ha Tay province.

    These farms are also the suppliers of ducklings for many other central and northern provinces.

    He said some localities in the northern and central regions have not yet fully complied with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s strict regulations on egg hatching and waterfowl breeding.

    Vietnam has so far this year vaccinated more than 111 million ducks and chickens in 60 out of the country's 64 provinces in the first vaccination round of the year, according to the department.

    The deadly strain has killed 42 Vietnamese since 2003, the world’s second highest death toll after Indonesia’s 74.

    So far, no human cases of bird flu have been reported in the new outbreaks.

    Human infection by H5N1 is still rare, transmitted by close contact with sick birds and not easily passed from person to person.

    Source: Thanh Nien, Sai Gon Giai Phong – Translated by Thu Thuy