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Avian Influenza Archive from Aug 15, 2014


News Update August, 15 2014

Avian Influenza in Poultry (HPAI/H5N6)

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Veterinary Department, the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus was discovered in a herd of chickens in the Trang Dinnh District, in northern Lang Son province and in a flock of ducks in the Ky Anh District, which is in the central coastal province of Ha Tinh. In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on August 12, the department stated there were 15 deaths and the remaining 1965 birds were destroyed. Samples were also taken from surrounding poultry flocks, but all were negative for avian influenza. This is the first time the virus has been found in Vietnam. The source of the outbreak is still unknown but genetic analysis of samples taken from infected poultry shows that the strain is 99 percent identical to the strain that killed a 49-year-old man in the Chinese province of Sichuan in April this year.


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