May 12, 2004



No H5N1 Virus Found In Dead Poultry In Vietnam Province


The H5N1 strain of avian virus was not found in dead poultry in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap. But the H5 virus was discovered, according to a veterinary official in Vietnam.

Recently, it was rumoured that the bird flu has reoccurred in several areas of the province. In fact, there was an outbreak of bird flu in the Cao Lanh Township after the province declared itself free from the deadly virus. However, the outbreak was contained immediately.

Bui Quang Anh, Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Veterinary Department, said bird flu might reoccur unless strict measures are taken to control the import, trade and slaughter of poultry.

Veterinary workers are checking the remaining poultry in the areas to determine if poultry rearing can be resumed. They are also checking breeding poultry on all farms in the province to ensure that they are healthy.

Viet Nam declared itself free from the deadly H5N1 virus on March 30, 2004. The bird flu epidemic had caused a total loss of 1,300 billion VND, of which the mass culling of poultry in bird flu-affected areas cost 1,000 billion VND. In addition, the epidemic has caused an increase in food prices in the domestic market and environmental pollution in the bird flu-hit areas.