|Veterinary officials are destroying large amount of poultry infected with A/H5N6 in northern mountain Lai Chau Province. — Photo vov.vn
LAI CHAU — More than 1,200 poultry infected with A/H5N6 have been destroyed after two outbreaks in this northern mountain province's two communes of Son Binh and Binh Luc.
Lai Chau agriculture and health authorities said on Friday that about 300 among the total poultry which have been killed, were illegally transported from others pandemic areas without their original certificates being identified.
About 600 of them were infected with A/H5N6 virus while being raised in farms of local households.
The remaining 300 were reportedly infected with the virus at the local experimental breeding centre in Tam Duong District before they were delivered to households for raising, the authority said.
Tam Duong District's Veterinary Centre said the outbreak first appeared in 1,000 chickens at a farm in Hoang Xuan Qui in mid-September when some of the chicken died mysteriously.
The farm owner thought the chickens had been affected by weather changes and did not inform the local veterinary authority, but instead tried to use some local herbal medicine to cure the birds.
Soon after, some samples were taken for examination, and when results confirmed the chicken were infected with the A/H5NA virus, an alert was issued to the entire area.
The district's People Committee ordered the infected areas to be isolated and appealed to local farmers to protect their farms by immediately informing local veterinary experts of any symptoms in their poultry herds. — VNS