New A/H5N1 outbreak reported in Vinh Long southern province hinh anh 1Veterinary staff sprays chemicals to prevent the spread of bird flu. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A new outbreak of avian influenza A/H5N1 was reported in the southern province of Vinh Long on April 15, bringing the number of outbreaks in the country within the past 21 days to four, the Animal Health Department said on April 18.

Two A/H5N6 outbreaks also occurred during the past three weeks.

The department warned of high risks that avian influenza will spread, and several virus strains so far not seen in Vietnam such as A/H7N9, A/H5N2 and AH5N8 may enter the country through the illegal transport and trade of poultry and poultry products of obscure origin, especially in the northern border areas.

Therefore, the agency urged authorities in all localities to remain vigilant for avian influenza at all time and tighten the fight against poultry smuggling.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has recently launched a national avian influenza monitoring programme.-VNA