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January 28, 2005

Still Coming: Bird flu found in another 17 spots

Topics: Health Issues

Bird Flu is the same thing as avian influenza - it kills people and the threat is now a potential global epidemic. The H5N1 virus has now mutated to allow for human to human transmission. At least one anti-viral(Amantidine-resistant) strain has already emerged.

Ha Noi, Jan. 28 (VNA) - On Jan. 27, bird flu was found in 17 more sites in 13 communes of 11 districts in southern Bac Lieu, Long An, Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho city, and northern Hai Duong province, according to the Veterinary Department.

The Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said that a total of 3,320 chickens, 4,471 ducks and geese and 2,530 quails had been culled in these localities.

Since the beginning of this year, bird flu has broken out in 579 spots in 304 communes of 109 districts in 28 provinces and cities across the country, with a total of 213,486 chickens, 253,549 ducks and geese, and 361,570 quails having been culled.

The southern provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Bac Lieu and Ben Tre have been the most severely affected by the epidemic, with 36-192 spots of outbreak, while the other southern provinces of Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Quang Nam, Lam Dong and Ca Mau, and northern Ha Nam province have reported outbreaks in only 1-6 communes each.     More..

Hat tip - Roth Report
Background and further commentary on avian influenza at previous Hyscience post(s), with more links.

Posted by Hyscience at January 28, 2005 11:48 AM



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