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A/H5N6 bird flu outbreak hits Nam Dinh

Update: October, 21/2015 - 13:00
An animal health staff sprays chemicals in poultry farm. — Illustrative Photo

NAM DINH (VNS) — Nam Dinh Province's Agriculture and Rural Development Department said this morning that 3,300 poultry have died of the A/H5N6 bird flu virus in Hien Khanh and Truc Phu communes.

This was the first time the A/H5N6 virus has appeared in the province, the department said.

The announcement came after samples taken from the dead poultry, by the National Animal Health Diagnostic Centre, tested positive for the virus.

Between October 1 and 10, the birds were found to be sick or dead, the department said.

Vice-Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Viet Hung has ordered authorised agencies to quickly bring the situation under control by setting up quarantine stations and banning slaughter and transport of poultry from the affected areas to other places.

Hung also asked the agencies to spray chemicals in the affected poultry farms and surrounding areas.

All the dead poultry birds were destroyed as per regulations.

In another move, Thai Binh Province's Agriculture And Rural Development Department said it had successfully controlled an outbreak of the A/H5N6 bird flu on Monday.

Earlier, about 2,000 poultry birds raised by a local farmer in Quynh Khe Commune were discovered to be sick or dead from October 8 to 11. The birds had not been vaccinated against bird flu.

Authorised agencies had taken proper measures to control the outbreak of the A/H5N6 bird flu, therefore, no further cases of bird flu infection have been reported so far in the province. — VNS

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