While Vietnam has seen far fewer outbreaks of bird flu this summer, compared to last year, they still continue to see sporadic infections.
Despite the hyperbole in the headline below, only 2 provinces are currently reporting bird flu outbreaks; Dong Thap and Nghe An.
Vietnam continues to battle a variety of human and animal diseases, including Blue Ear Disease, which affects pigs but not humans.
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Burying pigs in Thua Thien - Hue.
VietNamNet Bridge – Bird flu was discovered in a flock of 1,000 chickens in the southern province of Dong Thap on July 31, reported the Veterinary Agency.
With this new discovery, bird flu is currently in two provinces, Dong Thap and the central province of Nghe An.
Twelve provinces and cities in Vietnam have blue ear epidemic in pigs. This disease is spreading its wings in the central province of Quang Nam. Local authorities have decided to buy 20,000 doses of blue ear vaccine.
Another central province, Thua Thien-Hue, has said it will allocate VND270 million ($15,900) to prevent this disease. So far, the province has culled more than 1,800 pigs.