Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New outbreaks in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tibet

H5N1 is spreading in Vietnam and Bangladesh and fresh outbreaks have been reported in Pakistan and Tibet.

"The four provinces of Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Quang Binh and Long An have announced new bird flu outbreaks, according to the Department Veterinary. Bird flu has reoccurred at farms in Mong Cai and Dong Trieu districts from February 12-14, killing 855 out of 1,653 birds. All poultry have failed to be vaccinated for a second time in 2007. Meanwhile, Mong Cai town is finding difficult to control illegally imported poultry from China. In Southern Long An province, a bird flu outbreak was detected at a farm in Phuoc Loi commune, Ben Luc district, killing 150 out of 700 ducks which had also not been vaccinated for the second time. The Veterinary Department warned that bad weather together with illegal transportation and trade of poultry products could easily lead to a recurrence of bird flu. Many localities are inconsistent in preventing the spread of the disease." http://www.vovnews.vn/?page=126&nid=60001

In Bangladesh, the virus has hit the capital for the first time.

"Health workers in Bangladesh's capital prepared to slaughter 150,000 birds Sunday after the bird flu virus was detected in the city for the first time, an official said.
The dangerous H5N1 strain of the virus was found in chickens at a farm in a suburb of Dhaka, a bustling city of 10 million people, said Mohammad Salahuddin Ahmed, Director of Administration of the official Directorate of Livestock.
He said that more than 100 workers were ordered to kill the 150,000 chickens at the Omega Poultry Farm.
"This is the first case in the capital city," Ahmed said. "We are very cautious so that the virus can't spread to local neighborhoods."
Bird flu has spread to 42 of Bangladesh's 64 districts since it was first detected in February last year. More than 600,000 birds have been slaughtered so far across the country, according to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock." http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/17/asia/AS-GEN-Bangladesh-Bird-Flu.php

From the site of a serious outbreak in 2007, a new outbreak in Pakistan

"MANSEHRA, Feb 17: At least 5,000 chickens have been culled at a poultry farm in the Malipur area after a report of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed presence of H5N1 virus.The district livestock officer of Mansehra Dr Ali Akber Khan told Dawn that after the confirmation of the H5N1 virus by the NIH laboratory, over 5,000 chickens were culled in the poultry farm.He said that the infected poultry farm had been sealed, while vaccine was being administered in other areas to check the spread of the bird flu virus.Responding to a question, Dr Akber said that fortunately no worker of the said poultry farm had been infected by the virus.Meanwhile, sources in the provincial health department told this correspondent that a team of the World Health Organisation, which was already monitoring the situation in Hazara region, had reached Mansehra to review the situation." http://www.dawn.com/2008/02/18/local25.htm

In Tibet, it's the 2nd outbreak of 2008

"BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have confirmed a new bird flu outbreak among poultry in Tibet, the second case of this year in the southwestern region, the Ministry of Agriculture said. A ministry statement said that 132 poultry had died in the epidemic in a village outside the regional capital, Lhasa, since it started on Feb. 6, while another 7,698 have been culled. " http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-02/19/content_7631615.htm

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