Bird Flu Spreads to 11 Provinces

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Feb. 26 – Bird flu continues to spread in the country now affecting 11 provinces, reports the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The latest province to be hit by bird flu is northern Dien Bien province where is has spread to two communes leading to the culling of 1,460 ducks and more than 1,000 their eggs.

The dead ducks found in the province had tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The department said it is likely that Vietnam will see more bird flu outbreaks in more provinces in coming days.

Provinces with reported avian flu, include four in the Mekong Delta, namely Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu, four northern provinces of Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh and the newly-confirmed Dien Bien, two central provinces of Nghe An and Quang Tri, and southern province Khanh Hoa.