Dong Nai authorities have officially confirmed an outbreak of avian flu in the locality, bringing the total number of affected areas in the country to 24.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee asked local departments and people to swiftly take preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease, after several ducks were found to dead from the virus on March 6.

Accordingly, a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of bird flu has been organised, while the local authorities are also decontaminating areas across the region .

The province is also keeping a close watch on breeding, trading and transporting poultry in the locality.

Dong Nai is home to the largest number of poultry nationwide, with over 12 million. It is located at the gateway of Ho Chi Minh City – the key economic hub in the south. As such, the transportation of poultry products is more likely to trigger the outbreak of bird flu.

Earlier on March 5, central Ninh Thuan province declared an outbreak of bird flu in the locality.-VNA