100,000 birds culled in Vietnam due to avian influenza
Since the beginning of 2021, more than 100,000 birds have been culled in Vietnam in an attempt to contain the spread of bird flu. The data was released by the Vietnamese government who worries about a large scale epidemic. "The risk that outbreaks will spread on a larger scale is very high," the Vietnamese government said in a statement this week, according to Reuters.
The country has reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 and H5N6 avian influenza strains in 14 provinces. The Southeast Asian country has a poultry sector of 460 million birds and the current development of the epidemic may increase poultry imports in the following months. In Asia, other countries are confronted with the same problem such as South Korea, where egg supply has become scarce, Japan or the Philippines, where chicken meat in some regions has doubled its price.
In the EU, 18 member states are fighting against avian flu (H5N8), with 12 of those been partially or totally banned from exports to third countries. The most worrying situation is in France, where the virus has been confirmed close to the Spanish border, triggering the alarm for the Spanish poultry industry.