The avian influenza virus, which is prevalent in the north has been discovered in a number of dead ducks in the southern province of Dong Nai’s Vinh Cuu district.

The results were confirmed after a sample from the birds tested positive, announced an official from the local Animal Health Department on March 6.

Tran Van Quang noted that only 10 percent of the local poultry has been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of the virus.

The same day, the provincial People’s Committee held an urgent meeting to thrash out measures to contain the spread of the disease.

Vice Chairman Vo Van Chanh asked local departments to help bird breeders overcome this difficult time, while banks have been asked to ensure that residents can gain access to capital for farming.

The locality earlier detected two bird flu cases in Trang Bom and Cam My districts.

Dong Nai is home to the largest number of poultry nationwide, with over 12 million. It is also 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.

According to the latest statistics from the National Steering Committee on Bird Flu Prevention and Control, the virus has hit 22 provinces and cities across the country with over 80,000 infected chickens culled.-VNA