July 17, 2008


Vietnam confirms bird flu cases in southern province


Dead chickens in Vietnam's southern Long An province have been tested positive of bird flu virus strain, the local newspaper Youth reported Wednesday (July 16).


Vietnam's Regional Animal Health Center found that some chickens of a 3,000-fowl flock raised by a household in Can Duoc district were infected with bird flu, confirmed Duong Minh Phi, deputy head of the province's Veterinary Bureau.


Chickens in the flock started to die 10 days ago after developing bird flu symptoms, he said.


The Department of Animal Health under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has yet to confirm the bird flu outbreak in Long An.


Bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam, starting in December 2003, have killed and led to the forced culling of dozens of millions of fowls in the country.

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