Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New bird flu outbreak in Vietnam

Vietnam has confirmed a lethal H5N1 bird flu outbreak among its domestic poultry in the south of the country.
Some 5,500 ducks and 500 chickens have died in the last two weeks in two provinces on the Mekong Delta, health ministry officials said.

The government said there was "an extremely high risk" of it spreading widely in the delta region.

Vietnam has been free of human cases of bird flu for a year, following a large culling and vaccination drive.

The last known major outbreak among birds was in December 2005.

New bird flu outbreak in Vietnam via bbc news