The southern province of Tay Ninh on February 17 announced an outbreak of A/H5N1 avian influenza in its Cambodia-bordering district of Chau Thanh.

In a bid to hinder the disease from spreading, the province has banned all activities regarding poultry trading and transportation in the district.

With the new outbreak, bird flu has so far hit Hoa Hoi and Tri Binh communes in Chau Thanh district and An Thanh commune in Ben Cau district, with the number of culled birds totalling 8,869.

Facing the complicated development of the flu, other provinces across the country are also promptly taking measures against the disease.

The southern province of Bac Lieu is stepping up its anti-bird flu efforts after two disease hotbeds were found in Hong Dan and Phuoc Long districts.

Closer inspection of transportation, trading and killing of poultry as well as vaccination and disinfection work at disease hotbeds, markets and abattoirs have taken place.

The province has also accelerated awareness-raising work, calling its population to join hands in the fight against the disease.

Phu Yen and Quang Nam provinces in the central region are also gathering all human resources for the uphill struggle.

In January, bird flu reoccurred in Duy Trinh and Duy Chau communes in Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province, forcing 8,500 ducks to be culled immediately.

Meanwhile, the northern province of Bac Ninh has declared that it was free from bird flu.

Accordingly, since February 13, all poultry-related activities in Dong Phong, Phu Lam and Tam Son communes and Hap Linh ward have been conducted as normal.

Between January 2 and 9 this year, A/H5N1 bird flu struck the localities, forcing nearly 10,000 birds to be culled.

The provincial People’s Committee has injected 3.3 billion VND (155,000 USD) in purchasing two million doses of vaccine and 8,000 litres of chemicals in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.

A/H5N1 has so far this year killed two persons in the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap.-VNA