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Vietnam: Bird flu hits 9 provinces

Bird flu has reportedly hit 9 provinces in Vietnam, reports the Department of Animal Health under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The latest outbreak has been reported in the coastal province Khanh Hoa, south central Vietnam, where the virus has killed 27 fowls raised at a local farm, said the department, adding that samples of dead ducks found in the province tested positive to the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

So far this year, nine provinces of Vietnam nationwide have been hit by avian flu, including four provinces in Mekong Delta, namely Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu, two northern provinces of Bac Ninh and Quang Ninh, two central provinces of Nghe An and Quang Tri, and the newly-confirmed southern Khanh Hoa, said the department.

Natalie Berkhout

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