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14 localities suffer bird flu

Update: March, 19/2014 - 08:22
Health officers vaccinate poultry in Phong Dien District, Can Tho City. Can Tho is among 14 cities and provinces nationwide experiencing bird flu outbreaks. – VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HA NOI (VNS) — Though 58,000 birds have been destroyed, there are still 24 outbreaks of bird flu in 14 provinces and cities throughout the country, the Department of Animal Health said yesterday.

Speaking at the meeting of the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control, Dam Xuan Thanh, deputy head of the Department, said since the beginning of the year most of the outbreaks were recorded in the south.

However, the traditional practice of herding ducks through fields resulted in the spreading of the disease.

Now, over 61 per cent of ducks testing positive for H5N1 virus were reported in the nation's southwest and southeast regions, Thanh said.

Also, the four provinces reporting eight new bird flu outbreaks are Ben Tre, An Giang in the south, Quang Nam and Binh Thuan in the central area.

In central Thanh Hoa Province, the provincial Medical Preventive Centre reported two people had become infected with bird flu A/H1N1.

The patients from the province's Ngoc Lac District – a 26-year-old mother and her 5-year-old daughter – were hospitalised last week with symptoms including high fevers, coughs, sore throats and difficulty breathing. Officials said the symptoms appeared after the two ate infected chickens.

Local authorities destroyed their chickens, sprayed chemical and examined people who came in contact with the patients to avoid an outbreak of the disease.

At the meeting, representatives from the Health Ministry reported that Viet Nam was concentrating on prevention activities to stop the spread of H7N9 bird flu, as 390 H7N9 cases had been reported in China. — VNS


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