New bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam and China

日期:2019-03-02 01:10:02 作者:舜薜 阅读:

By Gaia Vince Vietnam and China have reported new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu. In Japan, the authorities are to cull 180,000 chickens after discovering the first case of bird flu there in over a year. In northern Vietnam’s Bac Giang province, 4000 poultry and water fowl have died in fresh outbreaks of bird flu, an animal health official said on Friday. The birds died after 25 October in three provinces about 70 kilometres (45 miles) north of Hanoi, he said. Tests are being conducted for at least one suspected human case, the official added. The areas are now under a close watch and quarantine has been imposed. More than 60 people have died from human infection by the H5N1 strain in east Asia, with at least 41 of these in Vietnam. “It is good that they are detecting cases and outbreaks like this but it is obviously worrisome that outbreaks are continuing to occur,” said a Hanoi-based spokesperson for the World Health Organization. However, Fabio Friscia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s programme officer in Hanoi, said the outbreak was “absolutely expected” and that more would follow. “As we approach December and January, with the temperature dropping, the number of outbreaks is going to rise,” he said. In neighbouring China, the agriculture ministry reported that 9000 chickens had died in the fourth outbreak of bird flu reported from the country in just over two weeks. Twenty magpies and other wild birds have also died from the virus. More than 300,000 birds in the area around the village of Badaohao have been culled as a precaution. Earlier outbreaks in China have occurred in the provinces of Anhui, Hunan and Inner Mongolia, but so far China has not reported any human infections of bird flu. The virus found in Japanese poultry in a farm north of Tokyo has been confirmed as one of the H5 family, but further tests are needed to determine whether it is the H5N1 strain. Most of the nation’s previous outbreaks have been due to the H5N2 strain, which poses no known threat to humans. Vietnam is to stage simulated exercises in major cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and in central Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province,