A health worker sprays disinfectant around housing areas (Photo: VNA)
 
Phu Yen (VNA) – The central province of Phu Yen recorded no new outbreak of A/H5N6 influenza in the locality over the past three weeks, said Nguyen Van Lam, vice head of the provincial sub-department of animal husbandry and veterinary medicine, on November 21.

An outbreak of the influenza, also known as bird flu, was discovered at two poultry farms owned by local residents of Dong Binh village, Phu Hoa district on October 27. As many as 2,900 poultry were culled. 

The A/H5N6 was a very strong virus and transmittable to humans.

Upon detecting the outbreak in the province, the provincial sub-department has worked to apply preventive measures. As a result, all poultry in the affected Hoa An commune and neighbouring communes of Hoa An, Hoa Tri, and Hoa Thang in Phu Hoa district; Hoa Binh in Tay Hoa district; Hoa Thanh in Dong Hoa district; and Binh Ngoc in Tuy Hoa city, were vaccinated.

In addition, 5,000 litres of disinfectant were sent to the localities.

As no new outbreak was reported after 21 days, the trading, slaughtering and transporting of poultry in the province will resume.

However, local farmers are advised to stay vigilant and keep a close watch on the growth of their poultry and promptly report any animal deaths to authorised agencies. The fowls are also required to receive full vaccinations.

Phu Yen is one of the localities with the largest number of poultry in Vietnam’s central region, totalling around 3.6 million. –VNA