Deadly bird flu RETURNS: Hundreds of birds KILLED and thousands culled in latest outbreak

Friday, August 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE DEADLY bird flu virus has returned with outbreaks reported in Vietnam, killing thousands directly and resulting in thousands more being culled.

Fri, Aug 3, 2018

Vietnam has reported three outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday.

The first outbreak was detected on July 28 in a backyard flock of 2,400 birds in the province of Nghe An and 90 birds were killed directly.

On the same day, it was detected in the province of Hai Phong in a flock of 4,720 birds, where it killed 500 birds.

And on July 30 the virus was detected in another backyard in Hai Phong with 5,500 birds where it had killed 1,000 of them.

Birds that were not killed have been slaughtered.

More than 2,400 ducklings infected with the virus was killed in the central province of Nghe An.

Animal health officials said the 12-day-old ducklings and eight chickens at a livestock farm were killed after they were found infected with H5N6.

Last month the northern province of Hai Phong reported two bird flu outbreaks and more than 10,000 infected birds were killed.

People have been asked to remain vigilant against bird flu infections for at least 20 days.

A place is only considered free of bird flu after no new infections are reported after 21 days.

Health officials have also warned the public to avoid consuming poultry of unknown origins and immediately seek help if they find sick or dead birds.

The source of the H5N6 outbreak is not known at this time.

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