Avian flu hits Vietnam

Hygiene & Biosecurity

The Asian country reported an H5N1 outbreak on a farm with more than 1,000 birds.

Posted on Aug 11 ,08:27

Avian flu hits Vietnam

1,040 birds have been culled in a poultry farm in the northern Chau Dien district due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza of the H5N1 serotype, informed the Animal Health Department of Vietnam. According to officials, the source of the infection is still inconclusive. Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has culled more than 150,000 birds in several bird flu outbreaks of H5N6 and H5N1 strains. The country has a 460 million poultry flock, according to data released in 2019 but in some provinces, only 20% of the birds have been vaccinated against the virus.
However, this new outbreak poses risks not only for the Vietnamese poultry industry but also for neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Recently, bird flu outbreaks have been reported in Russia, Australia and the Philippines.

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