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July 26, 2007

Vietnam: B2B H5N1 keeps spreading

Via Viet Nam News: Bird flu confirmed in Quang Binh after ducks found dead.

The Department of Animal Health on Monday reported a fresh bird flu outbreak in the central region of Viet Nam.

More than 200 ducks were found dead on a farm in Cam Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province and tests confirmed they were infected with the deadly H5N1 virus.

Local veterinarians and authorities culled the remaining ducks, nearly 3,000, and disinfected the site.

In Dong Thap Province, a poultry breeding company had taken responsibility for last week’s scandal where fully-vaccinated chickens were found to have died of bird flu, a
high-ranking provincial official said on Monday.

Deputy director of Dong Thap’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Duong Nghia Quoc said the birds had been given to farmers under an urgent government project to support local inhabitants suffering from losses caused by the disease.

According to Quoc, the Ha Tay-based Luong My Breeding Joint-Stock Company would compensate farmers whose birds had been killed.

The company’s general director Cao Xuan Dam said they had vaccinated the flocks but the problem could have stemmed from faults in the vaccine preserving process or injection techniques.

Quoc said local authorities were continuing their investigations.

Viet Nam currently has four H5N1 infected provinces including the northern Ninh Binh and Dien Bien, and southern Dong Thap and Quang Binh.

Posted by dymaxion at July 26, 2007 10:49 PM

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