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137,180 birds killed due to bird flu in Vietnam #Birds #BirdFlu #Vietnam

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Vietnam has so far this year culled 137,180 birds to contain the spreading of bird flu outbreaks, the government said on Thursday.

The outbreaks, including 38 outbreaks of H5N6 and five outbreaks of H5N1, have been detected in 13 out of Vietnam’s 63 provinces this year, the government said in a statement.

All of the bird flu outbreaks have happened at farms where the birds have not been vaccinated, it said, adding that, in several provinces, only 10%-20% of the birds were vaccinated.

Vietnam has a poultry flock of 460 million, and small-sized bird flu outbreaks have not been uncommon in the country during the past five years.

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Hundreds of thousands of poultry killed due to Bird Flu in Vietnam #Poultry #BirdFlu #Vietnam

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More than 100,000 poultry have been culled in 10 provinces and cities of Vietnam where A/H5N6 and A/H5N1 bird flu broke out, Vietnam News Agency cited the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as reporting on Wednesday.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that between early January and Feb. 24, Vietnam had 34 bird flu outbreaks with over 100,000 poultry culled, among which 29 were A/H5N6 and the rest five were A/H5N1 in 10 provinces and cities of Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Tra Vinh, Thai Binh, Binh Duong, Ninh Binh, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. Among them, Quang Ninh has passed the required period of 21 days since the last infections and been declared clear of the outbreak.

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18,000 chickens killed due to bird flu in Hunan, China #chickens #BirdFlu #Hunan #China

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A city in China’s central Hunan province reported that it had culled almost 18,000 chickens after an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in statement on its website Saturday.

The statement didn’t say when the outbreak occurred, or when the cull happened. Hunan is next to Hubei, the epicenter of the separate coronavirus outbreak.

The avian influenza, found in a farm in Shaoyang City, killed 4,500 chickens, more than half the farm’s flock, the ministry said. The city culled almost 18,000 poultry after the outbreak. The statement said the outbreak was of a “highly pathogenic subtype” of the H5N1 flu.

Since 2003, the H5N1 avian flu has killed 455 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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21,000 birds dead due to bird flu in Chhattisgarh, India #BirdFlu #Chhattisgarh #India

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A poultry farm in Chhattisgarh has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.

The virus killed 5,634 out of 21,060 birds on the farm in Baikunthpur and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said in a website alert.

H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”). Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 per cent.

Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments. The virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.

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24,500 #birds killed due to #BirdFlu in #Liaoning province, #China

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China reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in northeastern Liaoning province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

The case occurred on a farm with 24,500 birds but the ministry did not specify if they were chickens or other types of poultry.

The authorities have culled 25,472 bird following the outbreak.

Last week, Liaoning province found a strain of H7N9 bird flu at a zoo.

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600+ #ducks and 66 #chickens killed due to #BirdFlu in #Cuttack, #India

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A team of veterinary doctors and experts culled more than 600 ducks and 66 chickens on Sunday following confirmation of bird flu (H5N1) in the city.

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2,000+ birds killed due to bird flu in Munger, India

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Bird flu scare continues to persist in Bihar as 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block in Patna district in the last 24 hours.

More than 2,000 birds, including chicken and ducks have been culled in a village at Munger after tests confirmed H5N1 virus.

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16,000 ducks killed due to bird flu in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

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A reassortant H5N6 avian flu virus detected in three Asian nations over the past few weeks has been confirmed in an outbreak in the Netherlands.
 
In other developments, South Korea—one of the countries that has already reported outbreaks from the H5N6 reassortant this season—reported another at a duck farm. And Cambodia reported an H5N1 avian flu outbreak in poultry, its first in nearly a year.
 
The outbreak in the Netherlands was first reported on Dec 8, and government officials had said initial tests from the duck farm near the city of Dronten was likely a highly pathogenic strain. In a notification yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the country’s economic affairs ministry said the outbreak began on Dec 7 at a fattening-duck farm near the town of Biddinghuizen.
 
The virus killed 40 of 15,985 birds, and the surviving ducks were culled to curb the spread of the virus. Tests revealed the H5N6 subtype is a reassortment linked to H5N8 and not the Asian zoonotic H5N6.
 
Animal health authorities have established surveillance and protection zones around the farm. Screening at four farms in the 3-kilometer (km) surveillance zone was negative for H5N6.
 
A report from the country’s Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute, translated and posted by the infectious disease news blog Avian Flu Diary (AFD), said the farm was one of the first to be hit by H5N8 last season. The institute said initial tests suggest that it is not related to the zoonotic H5N6 strain. The virus’ H5 is related to the highly pathogenic H5N8 found in the Netherlands in 2016, and the N6 is related to low-pathogenic viruses previously found in wild birds in Europe.
 
The Netherlands is the fifth country to report the H5N6 reassortant, which is similar to a virus fist identified in Greece during last winter’s extensive H5N8 outbreaks that struck Europe and other parts of the world. The virus is a reassortant of highly pathogenic H5N8 and endemic Eurasian viruses.
 
In late November, South Korea reported its first outbreak involving the H5N6 reassortant, and the following day, Japan reported a detection in samples from a dead wild swan. A few days later, preliminary tests in Taiwan identified the same reassortant in a sample from a wild bird found dead in a national park.
 
In a related development, South Korea’s agriculture ministry today confirmed another H5N6 outbreak, this time at a commercial duck farm in the city of Yeongam in North Jeolla province, the country’s Yonhap News reported. The ministry said 76,000 ducks were slaughtered at five duck farms within a 3-km radius of the outbreak site to control the spread of the virus.
 
Officials said the virus is probably highly pathogenic, but more test results to further characterize it are expected.
 
Elsewhere, Cambodia’s agriculture ministry reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak at a local chicken farm in Kampong Chang province, according to a Dec 9 notice from the OIE.
 
The event began on Nov 22, killing nearly all of the 1,763 chickens at the location. The farm’s owner reported the sick and dead birds to provincial authorities on Nov 28. The surviving 24 birds were culled. So far the source of the virus isn’t known. Kampong Cham is in south central Cambodia.
 
The country’s previous H5N1 outbreak occurred in January.
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66,500 chickens killed due to bird flu in Inner Mongolia, China

China’s Inner Mongolia region has culled 66,500 chickens following an outbreak of bird flu that has affected 35,000 birds, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
 
The H5N1 strain of the virus was confirmed at a hen farm in Tongliao city, which has of 3 million people, and has killed 15,000 birds, the ministry said in a statement on its website.
 
The outbreak is now under control, the ministry said.
 
The last bird flu outbreak in March killed 134 birds at a duck farm in central Hubei province.
 
The most recent case is the first confirmed major bird flu outbreak among poultry after winter months and brings the total culled since October to more than 240,000 birds.
 
Additionally, the H7N9 strain of the virus has caused at least 281 deaths since October in China.
 
Live poultry markets were shut down in many provinces following human infections, forcing egg producers to keep their hens beyond their prime time, as demand also plunged amid public fears over bird flu.
 
Flocks are particularly vulnerable to avian flu during the winter months and outbreaks usually die down afterwards.
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