Influenza A (H5N6) outbreak in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu

Influenza A (H5N6) outbreak in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu

Veterinary staff collect infected chickens. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Lập

BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU — Two new outbreaks of the A/H5N6 avian influenza, which is transmittable to humans, has been reported in Xuyên Mộc District, the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, said head of the provincial animal health agency, Nguyễn Lương Trai.

The two outbreaks have reportedly occurred in farms of two households in Phước Thuận Commune.

After testing samples from the dead fowls, the agency found that they contained the A/H5N6 virus. Local authorities later destroyed 10,500 infected chickens.

The agency requested local authorities to spray chemicals to decontaminate farms.

The provincial agriculture sector asked the provincial People’s Committee to devise plans and mobilise forces to prevent the disease, spray chemicals in high-risk areas and keep a close watch on the growth of their poultry populations.

The health sector was required to closely monitor human influenza, preventing diseases spreading to humans.

Earlier in April, a new outbreak of A/H5N6 was also reported in northern Lạng Sơn Province. — VNS


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