The veterinary practice and epidemic station in the Mekong Delta province of Long An culled 1,000 A/H5N1 infected chickens on October 8.

The infected flock was traced to a poultry farm in Long Khe commune in Can Duoc district. This is the second H5N1 bird flu case recorded in the province.

Prior to the cull, district veterinarians discovered fever symptoms on poultry at the farm . The department tested the animals and concluded that the flock was infected. The 75-90 day-old flock had not been vaccinated.

In order to prevent an outbreak, local authorities promptly destroyed the infected birds and sterilised the poultry farm to contain the virus . Vaccination was given to all pultry flocks in the districts of Can Duoc, Ben Luc and Can Gioc, while farmers were urged to apply bio-safety measures and vaccinate all poultry against the H5N1 bird flu virus in line with the regulations issued by the veterinary department.-VNA