March 7, 2020
137,000 birds culled in Vietnam to halt avian influenza spread
The Vietnam government said a total of 137,180 birds in Vietnam have been culled to stop the spread of avian influenza outbreaks in the country, reported Reuters.
13 out of 63 provinces in Vietnam have reported 38 H5N6 outbreaks and five H1N1 outbreaks.
According to a statement by the Vietnam government, the avian influenza outbreaks occurred in farms with unvaccinated birds. Only 10% to 20% of birds in the affected areas were vaccinated.
Vietnam's poultry population is 460 million. Small scale avian influenza outbreaks have been recurring over the last five years.