Vietnam announces new bird flu outbreak
On 7 May 2004 Vietnam announced it had identified a new outbreak of bird flu, just weeks after it declared the country free of the disease despite warnings from U.N. health experts that the claim was premature.
A farm in the southern Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap was the site of the latest outbreak, which occurred in mid-April, said Bui Quang Anh of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's animal health department.
"The chickens were infected with H5," he said, adding that there had been no recurrence of the H5N1 virus that left 16 people dead in the previous outbreak.
However, Vo Be Hien, head of the veterinary department in Dong Thap, did not rule out H5N1. "The tests taken from some dead chickens there proved that they [were] infected with H5 but we do not know yet if it was H5N1," he said.
In connection with the latest outbreak, 175 chickens had died or were culled (Agence France-Presse/Times of India, May 7).