HO CHI MINH CITY, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's southern Can Tho city has seen the first outbreak of A/H5N1 bird flu which has led to the culling of 1,500 chickens, Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The outbreak was spotted in Binh Thuy district with 955 chickens raised by a household dying. Tests confirmed that the flock of fowls were infected with the bird flu virus, forcing relevant local agencies to cull another 545 chickens.
Notably, the chickens were vaccinated against H5N1 in June, the agency quoted the municipal Department of Livestock and Animal Health as reporting.
In late July, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that outbreaks of A/H5N6 and A/H5N1 bird flu had been reported in 13 communes of 11 localities from the start of 2019, leading to the culling of more than 23,000 poultry.
The bird flu is forecast to widely spread in the remaining months of this year due to changing weather and surging poultry transportation in time ahead of the lunar new year holiday.
Vietnam first detected bird flu virus strain of A/H5N1 in December 2003 on both humans and fowls. More than 45 million poultry in Vietnam were culled between 2003 and 2006. Since then, hundreds of thousands of fowls have been killed each year.
In the 2004-2014 period, 127 people in Vietnam were infected with H5N1, including 64 fatalities, according to the ministry. The country has detected no new human cases of H5N1 infection since 2014.