The central province of Quang Ngai’s steering committee for cattle and poultry disease prevention culled 12,000 A/H5N6 infected birds on December 18.

The infected birds were traced back to a poultry farm in Tinh Ha commune, Son Tinh district. This is the fourth H5N6 bird flu virus case in the province.

Despite being vaccinated, the quails were found dead without reason on December 14 and their samples were tested positive for the virus.

In order to prevent the virus from spreading, local authorities promptly destroyed the infected birds and sterilised poultry farms in the district while encouraging residents not to consume infected poultry products.

To date, local authorities have implemented a number of measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus and prevent poultry-to human transmission.

According to the World Health Organisation, A/H5N6 is a highly pathogenic strain but there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission despite occasional instances of apparent inflection between family members.-VNA