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Bird flu found in poultry in northern Vietnam
20/08/2014
Bird flu has resurfaced in poultry in northern Thai Nguyen Province after many months without any cases in the nation, the Tuoi Tre daily quoted a report from the Vietnam News Agency on Saturday.
Animal health officials confirmed on Saturday that the H5N1 virus had killed several birds among a flock of more than 100 ducks in Thai Nguyen Town, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Hanoi.

Earlier this year in late January, officials had detected the virus in dead chickens at a farm in the same town and nearly 4,200 chickens had been slaughtered.

According to Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan last week, there was a very high risk of bird flu returning during the winter and spring in northern Vietnam. The H5N1 strain seems to thrive best in low temperatures.

The Tet Lunar New Year festival late next month is also considered a high-risk time for the spread of bird flu because the slaughter, trade and consumption of poultry, and smuggling of birds from neighboring China, rises sharply.

The Health Ministry last week issued a nationwide bird flu alert, urging cities and provinces to step up detection and epidemic control measures.

Five Vietnamese have died of bird flu so far this year out of six reported H5N1 infections and all were found in northern Vietnam during the first quarter of the year. No new human deaths have been reported since March.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded 106 infections, the second highest number of cases among the 15 countries with known human cases, after Indonesia.

Since 2003, the World Health Organization has confirmed 391 human cases of bird flu, of which 247 people have died. In Vietnam, 52 people have died, the second highest toll after Indonesia, where the virus has killed 113 people.

Bird flu mainly kills animals, but scientists fear it could mutate to jump easily from human to human, sparking a global pandemic.

Source: AFP, Reuters

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