Bird flu hit Vietnamese city

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HANOI, Aug 2, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – Bird flu virus H5N6 has killed and led
to the forced culling of some 10,000 fowls in one rural district of Vietnam’s
northern Hai Phong city, according to the municipal Department of Agriculture
and Rural Department on Thursday.

Thousands of ducks and chickens raised by two households in An Duong
district died in a short period of time after being infected with the bird
flu virus strain of H5N6. Healthy fowls in the infected flocks were culled to
prevent the disease’s spread.

In 2017, Vietnam reported H5N6 outbreaks in northern Cao Bang province and
central Quang Tri province.

Early this year, the Department of Animal Health under the Vietnamese
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development warned of a high risk of the
return of some bird flu viruses strains in Vietnam after the diseases were
put under control for a long period of time.

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