August 28, 2012,
A/H5N1 avian flu has spread to at least four districts in
central Quang Ngai Province over the past two weeks, with nearly 43,000
affected ducks having died or been culled, prompting authorities to
vaccinate all flocks of poultry in the province.
Yesterday, deputy head of the provincial Veterinary Sub-department
Nguyen Van Thuan said the latest outbreak of the disease was recorded in
Tinh Ha Commune, Son Tinh District, with ducks dying en masse.
Besides Son Tinh, three other districts Nghia Hanh, Tu Nghia and Binh
Son, have also suffered from the avian flu with 22 areas affected,
The agency has sent 75 samples of the dead poultry to Da Nang for
testing since August 13, and results have shown that all the samples
were infected with the deadly A/H5N1 virus, Thuan said.
“The avian flu is spreading rapidly and no signs show it can be halted,” he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has granted 1 million
doses of vaccines against A/H5N1 virus to Quang Ngai to vaccinate every
flock of poultry in Quang Ngai city and six districts of the province.
Provincial veterinary officers are coordinating with authorities to
tighten control over poultry slaughtering, transportation and trade to
detect affected animals.
They also sprayed antiseptics in affected areas and those vulnerable to the disease to constrain the spread of the epidemic.
For fear that the disease could spread to Quang Ngai’s neighboring
localities, the Quang Nam veterinary sub-department has set up a hot
line at mobile phone number 0903548515 to receive information about the