Vietnam culls swifts after bird flu hits
- Published: 25/04/2013 at 10:56 AM
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Authorities in central Vietnam culled nearly 10,000 swifts after samples of dead birds tested positive for the type A H5N1 influenza virus, news reports said on Thursday.
An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in China on April 5, 2013. (Reuters photo)
The birds account for nearly 10 per cent of the stock at the Thanh Binh facility in Phan Rang city of Ninh Thuan province, Dan Tri newspaper reported, quoting the Local Animal Health Agency.
Authorities were planning to cull all remaining birds at Thanh Binh and two other nest farms were H5N1 had been found, VietNamNet reported.
Experts and farmers have criticised the plan, calling for more time to examine the virus transmission mechanism, and pointing to the potential cost to the farmers.
Ninh Thuan province has many so-called bird houses, where the swifts are encouraged to build their nests, which are then collected for sale. The nests, made largely of the birds' saliva, are a sought-after ingredient for soup and other delicacies.
Vietnam on Tuesday confirmed a 12-year-old girl died after contracting the H5N1 virus, bringing the country’s fatalities from the virus this month to three.
In China, 20 people have died from a new strain, H7N9, which has not been recorded in Vietnam.
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