|June 30, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: A new outbreak of the bird flu virus has
struck the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.
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.