|June 30, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: A new outbreak
of the bird flu virus has struck the Mekong Delta region
Officials said this recent flair up of the disease
has killed 3,400 chickens in the Bac Lieu province so
far. A further 2,000 chickens have been culled at three
nearby farms in a bid to stop the spread of the virus,
reported Dow Jones International News.
It is not year clear whether the latest outbreak is
a high pathogenic strain, such as the H5N1 strain, which
resulted in the deaths of millions of birds across Asia
earlier in the year. The disease also spread to humans,
killing 16 people in Vietnam and eight in Thailand.
During the outbreak Vietnam culled around 43 million
poultry, around 15% of its stock.